Why Do the Dutch Do Blackface for Christmas? | Decoded | MTV News

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  • Published on:  12/21/2015
  • Franchesca Ramsey: https://twitter.com/chescaleighBrought to you with love by: http://mtvother.comProduced by: http://www.kornhaberbrown.comWhen Christmas comes around you can usually expect to see Santa, his reindeer and helpful elves everywhere. But Dutch Santa doesn’t have elves...he has “Black Pete” or “Zwarte Pete.” Pete first showed up in the 1850 Dutch book “Saint Nicholas and his servant.” The story claims “Black Pete” is black because of the chimney soot, but that doesn’t explain his afro textured hair, or large bright red lips….all familiar racist black caricatures. Today, Black Pete is still a huge tradition in the Netherlands. So what'sthe deal? Why is this racist character still celebrated? Voice your opinions in the comments below!Subscribe to MTV News: https://goo.gl/cXCwIKMore from MTV News:Official MTV News Website: http://www.mtv.com/news/Like MTV News: https://www.facebook.com/mtvnewsFollow MTV News: https://twitter.com/mtvnewsMTV News Google+: https://goo.gl/uJT2aOMTV News on Tumblr: http://mtvnews.tumblr.com/MTV News Instagram: https://instagram.com/mtvnews/MTV News on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mtvnews/
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