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Zwarte Piet

Zwarte Piet, also known as Black Pete keeps the tradition of black face alive in the Netherlands. Over ninety percent of the Dutch population want Zwarte Piet to remain exactly as he is, and an incredibly heated and polarised debate is currently taking place between supporters of Piet and those that would like his appearance to change. All of my posts related to Zwarte Piet can be found in this category.

Black is black and so is Zwarte Piet!

Why Zwarte Piet must remain black! As I write this, it’s November again. In the Netherlands, the annual pretending not to be black season is about to begin. I am of course referring to the annual Sinterklaas celebration and the most popular ethnic minority in the Netherlands, the Zwarte Piets. …

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An interview with Sinterklaas

An Interview with Sinterklaas The Shallow Man recently had the dubious honor of interviewing the world’s angriest not black man, Zwarte Piet. Like many of his supporters, I found him to be very emotional, irrational and downright aggressive. There were a number of questions that he failed to answer, so …

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An interview with Zwarte Piet

The Shallow Man, in his never ending quest to fulfil the requests of his readers, went to great efforts to secure an interview with the man who is a hero to so many Dutch children. A man, that to many represents the very essence of Dutch culture, yes after much …

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