The Netherlands has a Blackface Tradition. Here's why.

December 22, 2023

PalTV Global investigates Dutch attitudes towards the controversial Christmas character ‘Black Pete’. Pete is a key figure in Dutch and Belgian celebrations of the Sinterklaas (St Nicholas) festival, as St Nic’s sidekick. However, in recent years, his portrayal has made national headlines, accused of being racist. Our reporter travelled to Rotterdam to witness contemporary Black Pete celebrations and interviewed a Dutch history professor, as well as some Dutch students, about their views on this tradition.