Zwarte Piet

Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (Source: Wikimedia/Jan Arkesteijn)
Aug 26 '14 13:27

Under the influence of the Zwarte Piet discussion, Hema has adjusted the packaging of Santa Clause packaging so that there is virtually no sign of Zwarte Piet.

Aug 19 '14 09:19

The Netherlands State Council will come with a ruling on Zwarte Piet sooner than the usual nine months it would take the highest administrative court to make such a ruling. Spokesperson for the Council, Pieter-Bas Beekman says that the matter is being picked up "with haste", the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

Aug 15 '14 10:53

Following the example of Amsterdam, Minister Lodewijk Assher of Social Affairs wants to engage in a national discussion about the future of Sinterklaas caricature Zwarte Piet, Trouw reports.

Aug 14 '14 15:08

As he outlined his reasons for appealing last month’s verdict in the Zwarte Piet trial, Amsterdam Mayor Eberhardvan der Laan said the embattled blackface tradition will undergo drastic change

Aug 13 '14 11:17

The judge's verdict that Zwarte Piet is a 'negative stereotype' is going to be appealed by the 'Pieten guild' in Amsterdam. This verdict was given at the start of July this year. The appeal will be submitted on Wednesday, according to a spokesperson from the guild, Het Parool reports.

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Jul 3 '14 12:01

A judge in Amsterdam is set to rule today in the court case against the opponents of Dutch blackface tradition zwarte Piet.

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Jul 3 '14 11:53

The court in Amsterdam has ruled that Zwarte Piet is harmful towards black people. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan should have taken this into consideration when issuing the permit for the Sinterklaas entrance parade into the city last year.

Jun 11 '14 07:52

In an attempt to quell accusations of racist imagery, the Netherlands Center for Folk Culture and Immaterial Heritage (VIE) have come with a new suggested look for Zwarte Piet. The reimagined character is still black, but no longer has curly hair, or full red lips. The character's outfit has been updated, and Piet will also no longer wear his signature golden hoop earrings.

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May 22 '14 22:01

Dozens of people took to the courthouse in Amsterdam on Thursday to lend support to the initiators of a civil court case against Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), Holland’s blackface tradition that people of African descent in the country find offensive.

Apr 28 '14 09:38

The Mayor of Amstelveen, Fred de Graaf, has ruffled a few feathers after a YouTube clip appeared in which he seems to be touching the butt of Queen Máxima during a tour of the city.

Mar 29 '14 11:13

"There are no secret talks about the future of 'Zwarte Piet' or Black Peet," said Ineke Schouten of the Dutch Center for Folk Culture and Immaterial Heritage (VIE), in contrast to earlier reports on Friday in Algemeen Dagblad (AD).

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Mar 28 '14 08:37

Concerned parties have been debating the future of Zwarte Piet in secret since October. These secretive talks are in attempt to find solutions to prevent escalations surrounding the subject, such as last year.

Mar 24 '14 12:39

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Sunday that when he takes part in the Dutch tradition of Zwarte Piet it is worse for him than it is for Black people.

Feb 10 '14 07:42

An American journalist has come under fire after a travel article of hers appeared in the Wall Street Journal criticizing the Efteling for, among other things, racist undertones.

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Dec 31 '13 12:09

The round-up of some of this year’s most noteworthy events and news stories.

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Dec 14 '13 17:11

After a politician apologized and resigned Thursday over a racially insensitive Tweet, an actor who insulted Black TV talkshow host Humberto Tan in November, followed suit on Friday.

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Dec 12 '13 12:52

The GroenLinks official who made the news last week after a racially insensitive tweet following Nelson Mandela’s death, has resigned.

Dec 6 '13 13:33

While the world was in grief Friday about the passing of Nelson Mandela, a major newspaper and a politician from a major political party here have found themselves apologizing for racially insensitive public statements they made on Thursday regarding the South African leader’s death

Dec 3 '13 04:31

The Canadian politician, Joachim Stroink, who is from Dutch descent, was unsuspecting of the commotion he would cause when he posted a picture of himself on Twitter, with Sinterklaas en Zwarte Piet.

Nov 23 '13 04:31

The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: singer Trijntje Oosterhuis underestimates the power of social media, the arrival of Sinterklaas and his helpers in The Netherlands, Hungarian pimps arrested for human trafficking, diplomats assault a reporter, 'Holland's got Talent' and 'RTL Late Night' in the spotlight for racism, an Euro Atlantic Airways aircraft continues to it destination despite potentially dangerous problems, and Joran van der Sloot demanding a new trial.

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Nov 22 '13 16:04

RTL Late Night talk show host Humberto Tan was told by actor Jack Spijkerman, “My God, you’re not only dark [skinned], you’re dumb as well.”

Nov 21 '13 15:48

The independent human rights experts who looked into Zwarte Piet on Tuesday called on the Dutch Government to take the lead in the ongoing debate about whether it’s time the tradition undergo a change.

Nov 19 '13 13:10

A previously unknown group of activists has claimed responsibility for the Youtube film that shows Zwarte Piet caps on the heads of the human figures in the slavery monument in Amsterdam. The prank has reheated and sprawled the ongoing heated debate about the black-face tradition in The Netherlands.

Nov 18 '13 04:30

Sinterklaas and his helpers sailed into Amsterdam on Sunday around 10:00. After his visit to Groningen on Saturday, the Saint visited the Dutch capital on Sunday

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