So let me get this straight:
Sinterklaas can still be Sinterklaas.
He and his Pieten can still arrive in Amsterdam on the steamboat.
They can still have all the processions through cities and towns.
People can still come out to welcome them.
Kids can still wave at Sinterklaas and give the Pieten their drawings.
The Pieten can still wear the same costumes.
They can still hand out candy.
Everyone can still eat pepernoten,
and chocolate letters,
and speculaas poppen
and drink hot chocolate.
Everyone can still sing Sinterklaas songs.
You can still have Book Piet, Organizer Piet, Grumpy Piet and what have you Piet (a relatively new phenomenon).
Everyone can still buy Sinterklaas and Piet dolls at Xenos (also relatively new).
Kids and adults can still place their shoes at home on Sinterklaas Eve.
Kids and adults can even place their shoes at school, at work, on the street and in the bars (again, new).
People can still exchange gifts.
Children can still make surprises.
A good time can still be had by all.
The only thing that would change is the color of Piet’s face and hair.
And this is how you react?
(Welcome in the Netherlands, where all cultures are permitted except our own.)
Have you all lost your mother-loving minds?
My original series on the whole Zwarte Piet issue starts here.
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Tagged black pete, Dutch blackface, holidays, Netherlands, opinie, opinion, racial stereotypes, racism, racisme, Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Zwarte Piet
Source: Good Grief And Happy Holidays!
Great post about the War on Christmas by a blogger I follow.
I mention in my yellow sticky post on the homepage that I often seem disgusted and elated in quick succession. Well, I wasn’t kidding. Continue reading
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Tagged Conservative Christians, deportation, holidays, illegal immigrants, immigration, Kim Davis, opinion, refugees, religious freedom, society, undocumented immigrants, War on Christmas
When I saw this video on Facebook, it didn’t surprise me. What did surprise me, although I suppose it shouldn’t have, were a lot of the comments blaming the GOP and the Koch Brothers. Continue reading
Its that time of year again in the Netherlands: Sinterklaas is coming. From what I gather over here in Texas, for now, the people who want to keep Zwarte Piet black have won.
There’s no point to me saying everything I already said at length last year, but for those of you who missed it then, here’s one of the posts I wrote about the issue below. Or, if you want, you can start at the beginning. And if you’re one of those who say I have no right to say anything because I’m an outsider, I have dedicated my last post in the series especially to you.
So here goes:
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Tagged black pete, black peter, holidays, Netherlands, opinie, opinion, pro-Black Peter arguments, pro-zwarte piet argumenten, racism, racisme, Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Zwarte Piet
Happy New Year!
Well, here I am again, finally. Did you miss me?
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Tagged Dutch food, emigration, food, holidays, immigration, Netherlands, nostalgia, oliebollen, traditional new year's eve food
I recently wrote a series of posts about Zwarte Piet (Black Peter), a character in the Dutch Saint Nicholas celebration. Black Peter is Sinterklaas’s helper; he’s a white person in blackface, with red lips, a black frizzy wig, dressed in an old-fashioned clown outfit. Continue reading
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Tagged black peter, Christmas, holidays, little people, munchkins, racism, racisme, Santa's elves, stereotypes, stereotyping, Zwarte Piet