Title The Fight Over 'Black Pete' Brings a Reckoning on Racial Equality in the Netherlands Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet TIME Magazine Media type Country United States Date 14/11/20 Description After more than a decade of work by local anti-racism activists, and a summer during which the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. reverberated around the world, the Netherlands is finally rethinking its dedication to Black Pete.
The fight over Black Pete has exposed a deep rift in Dutch society—between those who see glaring inequalities for the country’s minority population, and those who believe firmly that their tolerant and liberal society offers equality to all. “It all boils down to the image that this country has—we are one of the happiest countries in the world —and I’m like, who are you asking?” says Jerry Afriyie, a poet, activist, and a leading figure behind the “Kick Out Zwarte Piet” campaign. “If you go to the Black community and do the same research, you are going to find something different.”
Producer/Author Charlotte McDonald-Gibson URL https://time.com/5910949/black-pete-netherlands-zwarte-piet/ Persons Maurice Crul