Netherlands Racial Issues Racism Racism or not UN




From BadNewsFromTheNetherlands blog: ” (Ed. Comment: This is particularly urgent for the U.N., in view of the daily massacres in many Muslim countries.)

Navanethem Pillay

United Nations will Investigate Racist Character of Major Dutch Festival

At the beginning of this year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received a letter from the U.N. which stated that the Dutch tradition concerning the major national folklore fest Sinterklaas, which takes place on December 5th, is racist. The assistant of this white bishop is a black person called Zwarte Piet (Black Peter), who, according to the U.N. is presented as stupid and as a servant. This feeds the stereotype that Africans are second-rate citizens. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, South African Navanethem Pillay wants to know whether Black Peter is a racist stereotype. The investigation has to be finished by the end of November. BadNewsFromTheNetherlands (translation summary)


More here in Dutch.

7 Responses

  1. If the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights South African Navanethem Pillay knew the psychology of the unconscious she would know that the Black Peter represents the psychological shadow. The world today is so disconnected from its own nature, so unconscious of what animates it, that it believes its intellect is the only fountain of knowledge, not knowing of the objective psyche.

    The world today is the blind being led by the blind.

    1. Arius, that is an excellent response. thanks for posting it.

  2. If Black Pete is from Spain and black from soot, then he should act like it and remove the afro and stupid Surinamese accent. And change the songs as him being a servant and beeing black as soot, instead of black FROM soot. Don’t make us feel you are portraying our ancestors. Jan Schenkman came up with Pete in 1850, slavery was abolished by the Dutch in July 1st, 1863 in Surinam and Dutch Antilles. Black Pete stems from the context of that time.

  3. There is both more to and less to the tradition and the current uproar than meets the eye.
    A figure of threat or chastisement is common to many midwinter traditions in Europe, look up Krampus, for instance. Commonly the bogeyman associated with the giftgiving festival is a daemon, troll, devil, or trickster.

    The person who started the current fuss (Verene Shepherd) does not appear to be actually employed by the United Nations. She serves in an advisory role, and has her own agenda.

    That said, many Dutch people of colour are ambivalent about the tradition in its current form. Perhaps rightly so. More discussion is needed, tzarich iyyun.

  4. Navanethem Pillay should release Verene Sheperd of her duties as she cannot lead an objective research as she already has her opinion about Sinterklaas and didnt even do the research.. Sinterklaas is a tradition way before the days of Atlantic Slave trade so it has nothing to do with bringing back slavery! You cannot abolish a tradition which is centuries old just because some lady in Jamaica doesnt understand the whole celebration! If she is so concerned about discrimination she better start in her own jamaica where gay people are being hunted down and killed like animals!

  5. this whole discussion must remain in the country, and change from within, as it has, for as long as I can remember. And I am 65 years old.
    In the fifties, there were no black people living in the Netherlands, in fact I saw the first coloured person, when I was 10 and they were from Indonesia.
    The black peter we had back than did speak with an accent, but it was not from Surinam, it was supposed to be from Spain, cause that is where Santa Claus comes from. And they were strict and put children in their bag, to take them back to Spain. Also Santa Claus was a strict man. That all has evolved into now jolly black peters, and mainly in the big cities, were most immigrants also live. In fact, each family created their own Sinterklaas traditions. Some may never use a black peter.
    What strikes me is that from so called “official” institutions like the UN, I hear ladies speak about the” Dutch Christmas”, but ladies, this is not our Christmas, which, up until now, is a strictly celebration of the birth of Jesus. Of course, because of all the influx of other cultures and traditions, the shops start to portray Santa Claus at Christmas as well. Mind you, in Amsterdam alone, we have people from 178 cultures!

    May the tradition live on, and change from within, because this will certainly have an influence on the festivities. I cannot help but notice, that “black” people, take everything they see and hear, and call it racism! In my observation is that most of them are racist themselves. (f.i. in Surinam, the creoles discriminate against all the other ethnicities, and do that here as well). Thank you for listening!

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