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. At this time of year arguing about Zwarte Piet is almost becoming as much of a … [Read more...] about Black is black and so is Zwarte Piet!
We don't need nieuwe Sinterklaas liedjes The Shallow Man has been feeling pretty depressed this year. The reason for this is that it hurts me to see so many Dutch people being dragged kicking and screaming into the twenty first century. Some minorities have used the rights available to all in the Netherlands to protest against something that many of them find offensive, Zwarte … [Read more...] about The Sinterklaas survival guide: Nieuwe Sinterklaas liedjes
This is the first and last post that the Shallow Man will write about Zwarte Piet this year. Like many of you I'm sick of the whole thing. Today the Raad van State will make a decision with regards to the appearance of Zwarte Piet and the recent court ruling in Amsterdam that Zwarte Piet is racially offensive. Amsterdam city council, being reasonable people, plan to make some … [Read more...] about Dutch tolerance and Zwarte Piet a personal view
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 negotiation with his agent, press officers and lawyers, I'm pleased to present an interview with Zwarte Piet. Now this … [Read more...] about An interview with Zwarte Piet
The Dutch Love of Blackface The Shallow Man is an elegant but aged fossil. I've been around since the days when Madonna still made decent music when Mick Jagger claimed that he wouldn't continue performing once he reached the age of forty. I can recall a young boy who used to sing and dance with his four brothers, whose talent shone out even then. I remember when having a color … [Read more...] about They are not black, they have been through a Chimney