Skip to comments.Ferguson, NYC and now the Ongoing Zwarte Piet Controversy in Holland
Posted on 12/04/2014 6:05:48 AM PST by NOBO2012
Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man ."
Yes I know: another day, another racist outrage. Butt do you know what tomorrow is? Its the Eve of St. Nicholas Day. You do remember St. Nicholas dont you? Aka St. Nick, aka Sinterklaas?
You may recall when we discussed him last year, during one of BOs European tours. St. Nick, Dutch progenitor of our own American Santa Claus, visits children on the eve of his feast day (December 6), bringing them small gifts (i.e. no iPhones or Xboxes):
Later on the night of December 5th, Sinterklaas takes his book of names and, dressed in his long red robes trimmed in white fur, goes out with Zwarte Piet in the nighttime delivering gifts to the good children.
Whoa! Timeout: who is this Zwarte Piet and what does he have to do with our story?
It appears that hes an undocumented immigrant who came to Holland via Spain in search of a better life, and to do the work that the Dutch wouldnt do:
A few weeks before St. Nicholas Day, Sinterklass and his Moorish helper, Zwarte Piet, which means "Black Pete", arrive from Spain in Amsterdam, Holland. They are greeted by the Royal Family. Sinterklass is dressed in his long red bishop's robes, wears a mantle and carries a crozier.
Later on the night of December 5th, Sinterklaas takes his book of names and goes out with Zwarte Piet in the nighttime delivering gifts to the good children. The bad children are said to get a lump of coal and the naughtiest of the children might get stuffed into his bag and taken back to Spain!
Well, thats one way to handle the dreamers who arent behaving themselves.
They wake up in the morning to find their shoes filled with nuts and candies, and a small bag of chocolate coins wrapped in gold paper -- or a lump of coal!
Good grief, were already pushing it with the chocolates, butt a lump of coal!? Youve got to be kidding. Besides, now that the kids have discovered there are iPhones and televisions out there, just for the taking whether theyve been good or not, the small treats in the shoes lose much of their appeal.
Butt lets get back to Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete if you will. While St. Nicks original little helper was a Muslim convert from Morocco, now days they just take any old white Dutch guy and let him put on blackface and pretend to be Black Pete. Its stunning that this blatantly racist behavior has been allowed to continue, despite protests around the country.
At this point its unclear whether old St. Nick will be able to continue his good works if Black Pete is no longer allowed to assist him. Butt dont worry, we probably dont need him imposing his Christian-based values on little Dutch children many of whom are Muslim now anyhow.
So Ive got to run, I have to bake some Dutch speculaas the original gingerbread men for tomorrows feast.
If you wish to review the original BHO-gingerbread story from last year, its right here. Including the special gingerbread man the Belgians made for Big Guy
and a special section on speculaas.
Happy St. Nicholas Day Eve!
Posted from: Michelle Obamas Mirror
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