Press release – negotiations with the Dutch embassy set the foundation for a racism-free celebration of St. Nicholas in Germany

Representatives of the Initiative of Black People in Germany eV (ISD), Zwarte Piet Niet, Zwarte Piet Kick Out and the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) discussed on Friday, 12 December 2014, the need for the racist caricature ‘Zwarte Piet’ in Nicholas Celebration abolished in Germany. Berlin, 12.13.2014: At the meeting on Friday morning the representatives…

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Tradition and fundamental rights will continue to clash.

Over the last couple of years a fierce debate has emerged in the Netherlands about a controversial tradition, ‘Black Pete’ (Zwarte Piet in Dutch), a central figure in the Saint Nicholas festivities, an annual gift-giving celebration in December. While many Dutch people see the tradition as an “innocent” children’s holiday involving the public festivities and…

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