Jan Willem Duyvendak Asks, "Are All Dutch Racists?"
Are all Dutch racists? In the Netherlands a white Santa Claus figure is accompanied by “Black Pete,” a black-faced white servant, who distributes presents to children, a tradition, now challenged from newspaper pages to the United Nations. Jan Willem Duyvendak, a distinguished visiting fellow at the GC’s Advanced Research Collaborative, writes that the Dutch are resisting alterations to the tradition because they don’t consider it racist.
Submitted on: DEC 6, 2013