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The Netherlands and Black Pete

December 5, 2013

Buffalo Doug

Where I live is a region where Dutch Americans predominate. And, each year around this time, we have Sinterklaas arrive, with Black Pete (Zwarte Piet) as his associate. Well, here it has become just Piet.

In the Netherlands, it is still Black Pete. See this reflection on Black Pete and Dutch identity by Arnon Grunberg in the New York Times.

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