Published On: Thu, Nov 13th, 2014

And the war for Black Pete continues

Black PeteWILLEMSTAD, THE HAGUE – The war between those who are in favor of the traditional Dutch Black Pete and those who are against it continues. A war that basically started last year is still fierce this year.

Now the Dutch political party PVV wants a law that indicates how the Black Pete is supposed to look like. The so-called Zwarte Piet-law was introduced last night by the party. The law further provides that municipalities may only participate in a Sint Nicolaas parade if the Petes are black or dark brown.

It is not yet clear how other parties feel towards the bill.

PVV MP Martin Bosma believes that there is an ongoing war against Zwarte Piet. “Ministers and Mayors are committed to giving these loyal helpers a different color. That should not happen. Our culture should not be affected from above.” The PVV believes that Zwarte Piet has nothing to do with racism.

In the bill, the PVV is very specific about the appearance of Zwarte Piet. “A Black Piet has a solid black or dark brown face, red painted lips, black curly hair and gold earrings, and is dressed in a velvety suit with knickerbockers and wears a hat with a colored feather,” as it reads.

Sint Nicolaas and his helpers, the Black Petes, will enter Willemstad, this Saturday while the war continues. Since a few years now, the Petes have had various face colors.

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