Dutch Court Won’t Rule Whether Black Pete Racist

Mike Corder, ABC News, November 12, 2014

The Netherlands’ highest administrative court refused Wednesday to wade into the increasingly acrimonious national debate around “Black Pete,” the sidekick to the Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus.

Opponents call Pete, who is often played by white people wearing black-face makeup and a frizzy Afro wig, a racist caricature. Most Dutch people insist he is a harmless fantasy figure.

The Council of State on Wednesday overturned a lower court’s decision that Amsterdam municipality shouldn’t have allowed last year’s festive arrival of Sinterklaas in the city because Pete “forms a negative stereotyping of black people.”

Council of State President Jaap Polak said Amsterdam’s mayor isn’t empowered to take the issue into account when granting permits for the celebrations.

That ruling means that the Council of State “cannot and will not answer the question” of whether Black Pete breaches Dutch anti-discrimination law, Polak told a packed courtroom.

The ruling said that opponents could instead file civil or criminal complaints against organizers–shifting the debate to other courts and possibly opening the door to such complaints from opponents around the country.

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St. Nicholas is due to officially “arrive” in the country on Saturday in the central city of Gouda. The city’s mayor has said some of the Petes in the parade will be yellow-faced “Cheese Petes” and “Cookie Petes.” That appears intended to accommodate the views of Black Pete opponents.

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  • MekongDelta69

    Good

  • MekongDelta69

    A tiny sample of good news in an insane world.

  • SolStans

    Nah, they should totally ditch the offensive Black Pete, and give Sinterklaas a white sidekick/employee. That way whites won’t have to think about the precious lumps of coal at Christmas, and blacks won’t have to worry about not living up to the ideal of being employed.

  • Samuel Hathaway

    The Dutch, being the Dutch, could find a better symbol to celebrate than camping out on “Black Pete.” Not that they are committing a crime or a sin or anything. It’s just that our traditional figure of the grand, jolly White Santa Claus needs a better image than the foolish imagery of “Black Pete”.

    However, let the Dutch wallow all they want with Black Pete. Silly and trivial enough, they’re not breaking any laws or going around lopping off heads and setting off bombs like the Muslims do. It’s the Dutch Court that needs to be watched — day and night — like a hawk, monitored for any taint of political correctness in perhaps banning Black Pete in the future.

  • Thor’s Hammer

    My girlfriend is Dutch, and still lives in the Netherlands(very far north, not in the communist center of Amsterdam), she gives me something of a hard time over my race realism(they don’t have negroes where she lives, so the believes that the only difference is the color of their skin), but if you really want to see her ticked off, say something about banning Zwart Peit. They all can’t believe that people think it’s racist to wear blackface. I really love that little village.

  • IKUredux

    Whites should NEVER wear black face. Whites should Never appropriate twerking, rap, hip hop(what’s the difference?), ebonics, or the millions of other contributions that Blacks have made to the world. Blacks, on the other hand, are welcomed to appropriate any and all aspects of White society. You know, the entire basis of the world’s technology!The entire definition of what it means to be civilized. The definition of which, every race on this planet has accepted. There is NO Chinese culture that competes with the West. There is NO Indian culture that competes with the West. My first proposal is this: STOP calling it Western Civilization, and, start calling it what it really is: WHITE PEOPLE TECHNOLOGY AND DOMINANCE OF THE WORLD. WE Whites do not need to share ANYTHING with anybody else. We have already shared enough. The rest of the world has already taken enough advantage of our brains to last hundreds of years of their retarded development. We Whites are the most hated and persecuted group of races on this Earth, despite the fact that we have done the most for all races. Of course we Whites are supremacists. DUH!!! We Whites, are in fact, the supreme race on Earth. We need to stop apologizing for what we have accomplished. We Whites need to stop apologizing for colonizing(we improved those backward, savage nations. Hey Ghandi! Kiss my White supremacist Ass!) Why the hell are we Whites allowing ourselves to be treated the way we are being treated? What for? Past sins? BIG DEAL!!! Look at what we Whites have done for the rest of the heathens. In fact, we created the theories and rationales as to why they should hate us. Enough is Enough. Whites don’t need the colored savage hordes. They need us.

    • Ron Cheaters

      Perhaps they should trade Black Pete; a humble friendly chap for..
      N!ggr Pete, the chap who crawls down your chimney in the dead of night to have a snuggle with a struggle with your children.

      Because that would be more realistic in this day and age.

      • MissaJim

        He’d probably muh dik your wife, get his loot on in your house then get stabby with you!

    • none of your business

      Amen to that. I am only interested in White racial issues, not gays, guns, marriage going to church capitalism over socialism and other so called conservative issues. I refuse to be called conservative. I am a pro Whitist I suppose.

    • awb

      Damn, that was excellent!

  • Douglas Quaid

    I can’t stand that Russel Brand fellow, just another tiresome leftist acting like he is introducing ideas that are fresh and cutting edge when in reality it is the same old stale and moldy leftover crusts from Karl Marx’s dinner table.

    • I’m not even going to watch the video because I cannot stand hearing this sanctimonious and opinionated oaf pontificate on anything.

      You’re absolutely spot on about him and other “edgy comedians”. It is precisely the tired old leftovers masquerading as “against the system” when they ARE the system and have been for at least 60 years.

      If you want to be really radical, promote marriage, promote having children, promote fidelity and good behaviour, promote racial awareness. Anything else is a rehash of liberalism just fighting older models and results of liberalism.

      • propagandaoftruth

        I’m with you – Brand makes me want to punch him too much.

        Man’s gotta know his limtations…

  • Ron Cheaters

    Funny, not a word from dwarves, being labelled as “elves” or “Santa’s Little Slaves”
    You’d think they’d have a legitimate claim, but they’ll be out in full force for the Santa Clause Parades.

    • Adolf Verloc

      There was a hilarious brouhaha in Germany about a lawn decoration maker who was prosecuted for making a line of lawn gnomes giving the Nazi salute (an ultimate no-no in Germany.) The poor guy tried to argue that he was making a statement against Naziism, because dwarfs would have been considered “unfit” and subject to euthanasia.

      I tried to convince my wife that I needed about twenty of them in the front yard facing the porch, so I could harangue them briefly every day before going to work. She was totally unable to get into the spirit of the thing.

      • Ron Cheaters

        best laugh so far today

  • I don’t know much about Black Pete. I should do some research. So, without this knowledge at the moment, I suspect that the ‘homage’ to the original character was probably a thing of endearment towards this out-of-place entity in the Netherlands.

    Much like how some of the British equivalents are said to have originated as a ‘homage’ to blacks, including, it is claimed, some of the dances done in ‘blackface’…..the irony of whites actually taking up this homage and ‘culture’ is lost on liberals.

    Still, anything which winds up liberals and gets whites to reject their nonsense is generally fine with me. Let them continue throwing their toys out of the pram!

  • VincentVanZimmerman

    Russell Brand is a comedian? Oh, I guess you did say “alledged”

  • none of your business

    Peter was supposedly from Morocco. He brought all the Christmas spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and dried fruits. These could not be grown in Europe. Liberals are always yapping about multiculturalism, they should be happy about black Peter.

    • IstvanIN

      So, in other words, black Pete isn’t even Negro?

      • none of your business

        Maybe a black slave or offspring of a black girl and her Arab or Berber owner.

  • none of your business

    There is also I think he is called Krankus. He was the Central European anti Santa. He carried the sack of coal and a whip with which to punish bad children.

  • none of your business

    There was something on BBC news about it today. One of the grievances is that black peter is played by White men wearing black make up. Or something.

  • none of your business

    Loos at the elegantly dressed black Pete and the shabby homeless looking protestors. Dark royal blue and light lime green is a beautiful combination. Absolutely love the hat.