|October 19th, 2013||#11|
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UN investigating Zwarte Piet
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 10:22
The United Nations is conducting an investigation into whether Zwarte Piet, the servant of Sinterklaas, a racist stereotype.
Four UN rapporteurs on cultural minorities and racism Netherlands by letter to opheldiering asked about the celebration of Sinterklaas after they had received about the party complaints. The tradition of Sinterklaas would be racist to the core. NRC Handelsblad writes this Saturday.
In the letter of the UN rapporteurs is not only the tradition of Sinterklaas in the nucleus is racist, but also that the image of Africans as second class citizens is confirmed by the "blockhead and servant 'Black Peter. Furthermore, the UN rapporteurs that the Sinterklaas should not on the UNESCO list of intangible heritage, as the "communities" not agree. The Dutch ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Roderick van Schreven, wrote on July 10 that the Netherlands has no plans to propose to the UNESCO list. Sinterklaas This piece was published by NRC Handelsblad.
The letter also states that the Dutch government considers Sinterklaas 'traditional kids' where going in the first place to handing out gifts, and aware that "Zwarte Piet sometimes subject of public debate." When anti-discrimination office in Amsterdam, the number of complaints about Zwarte Piet has risen sharply in recent years. According to the ambassador that may relate to the public debate about the role of the helper of Santa Claus.
The UN letter;
The Dutch government letter