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Into Perspective #1: ‘Zwarte Piet’ 1

Into Perspective #1: ‘Zwarte Piet’

In this weekly column, I will put a socio-political issue into perspective. This means that I will look at both points of view of the story rationally, and hopefully come to a compromise that both parties can agree to.  The Perceived Racism of an Innocent Holiday For centuries, the Dutch have celebrated a holiday called ‘Sinterklaas’. Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas, is better known to the world as one of the precursors of the current image of Santa Claus. A catholic bishop, he arrives each year on a steamboat from Spain...