In a few weeks from now, we in Holland will be celebrating Sinterklaas. It’s a traditional holiday that is going on for two centuries or so. During this festivity, an old white man with a long white beard arrives to Holland with his boat. He travels with his helpers, the blackfaced zwarte Pieten and comes to bring gifts and candy to the Dutch children.
Every year this tradition brings up a lot of emotions among the Dutch people. There are those who find it offensive and racist that a white man paints his face black just to honor a tradition. And then there are those that state that it is just a tradition and that if you feel offended by the appearance of zwarte Piet, you should just move out of the country. Because why would the Dutch ever bow to what a “minorty” has to say about their values?
You be the judge: