PVV-leader Geert Wilders has spoken about his party's plans to construct a Zwarte Piet law which, if it passes, would oblige municipalities to make sure that Zwarte Piet is specifically black during public appearances, such as the Sinterklaas entry tour, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
The discussions surrounding the appearance of Zwarte Piet, and thereby also what the Sinterklaas festivities as a whole will look like, will take place this month, but involved parties will not announce exact dates in order to minimize public tensions, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Toy company Fisher Price sold its last Zwarte Piet dolls in The Netherlands yesterday after various media reported that the company would stop production of the doll, which is part of a set including Piet, Sinterklaas and his horse Schimmel. Online as well as in stores, there was a rush to buy the dolls, which sold by the hundreds.
In the first eight months of this year, the Discrimination Hotline in Amsterdam has recorded 1562 total reports of people who say they feel discriminated against. With this figure, which has tripled in Amsterdam since last year from 525 to 1562, the Dutch capital is leading the list of cities where people feel discriminated, Het Parool reports.
Prospective changes to the visual representation of the entry tour of Sinterklaas, most notably to the appearance of Zwarte Piet, may happen as soon as this year. Elsevier reports that the new Pieten may be featured in several places in The Netherlands, though it is unclear what these new character will look like.
Judicial advisor of the anti-Zwarte Piet groups, Frank King, is removing himself from the judicial process around the issue after receiving several death threats, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Dutch chain store HEMA is coming under scrutiny for not being clear about whether or not their shelves will be filled, as per tradition, with Zwarte Piet items before Sinterklaas in December. On Twitter, #BoycotHEMA is a trending topic as many customers are angered that HEMA is "surrendering" under the Zwarte Piet discussion.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A judge in Amsterdam is set to rule today in the court case against the opponents of Dutch blackface tradition zwarte Piet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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).
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.
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.
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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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.
The GroenLinks official who made the news last week after a racially insensitive tweet following Nelson Mandela’s death, has resigned.