August 31, 2015
So, yeah – the UN is now ordering countries how to celebrate holidays.
Because they have to stop the hatred.
“Black Pete” is an assistant of Saint Nicholas, usually portrayed by white people who paint their faces and wear afro wigs during the Dutch holiday season. The custom is controversial topic in the Dutch society, which is usually seen as open and tolerant.
The character was sometimes protrayed in a way that “reflects negative stereotypes,” the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said in a new report.
“[The stereotypes] are experienced by many people of African descent as a vestige of slavery,” the report said.
“Considering that even deeply rooted cultural traditions do not justify discriminatory practices and stereotypes, the committee recommends that the state promotes actively removing these characteristics that reflect negative stereotypes,” it added.
The supporters of Black Pete reject the accusations of racism, saying that the character has a black face from the soot while coming down the chimney and helping Saint Nicholas give out toys.
In response to the UN report, The Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said that the fate of “Black Pete” is a social issue and not up to his government.
“Guys. Folk traditions, come on. What Christmas songs you should sing, how you celebrate Christmas and Easter – this isn’t what politics is about,” he told reporters in The Hague.
The UN committee does not have the power to enforce its recommendations. However, the body’s comments are sure to heat up the debate surrounding the controversial Dutch custom.
Wow, the UN doesn’t have the power to tell individual citizens of the Netherlands how they should celebrate Christmas?
Why shouldn’t they have that power?
Last year, the Council of State in Amsterdam ruled in favor of “Black Pete.” The highest administrative court in the Netherlands thus overruled a verdict of a lower court, which stated that the character should be banned from public festivities.
But a court actually did weigh this issue. Yep. Happened. Please take note that your cultural traditions are now subject to anti-racism legislation.
And eventually they will ban it. Of course they will.
Black should stop complaining, as Black Pete is in fact a positive representation of them. Instead of raping and robbing, like real life Blacks do, this character brings happiness to children.