Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Piet and Repiet

Every twenty to twenty-five years the issue of Sinterklaas's helper Zwarte Piet (Black Peter) raises its angry head. 

Well, it has again, and this time the United Nations has entered the discussion. 

I understand the question is, "Is the concept of Zwarte Piet (Black Peter) racist or not?"

Polite comments are welcome.


Mrs. Micawber said...

Racism is an attitude of the mind and heart - good luck to any political body that tries to divine these things!

Unless the character is represented as inferior - inferior because of the colour of his skin - I don't see how mentioning him can be deemed racist. If that be the case then we had better throw out all racial and national identifiers entirely. Of course doing this will not get rid of racist attitudes, but it might eliminate some of the foolish arguments. :)

Linda said...

Sue, I can always count on you to write just the right comment. ;))) Linda