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Should 'Black Pete', part of a Dutch tradition called Sinterklaas, be banned?
'Black Pete', part of a Dutch tradition, should be banned.
Black Pete is a symbol of slavery and colonialism.
Black Pete is a racist caricature; the curly hair, thick red lips and big golden earrings.
Dutch society is no longer a homogeneous white society, so this tradition should belong to the past.
Banning Black Pete undermines a tradition and thus the Dutch national identity.
Black Pete doesn't embody a slave; instead he's Sint’s friendly helper.
Arguing about it spoiles this celebration for kids.
Black Pete isn’t black at all – his face is covered with soot only because he goes up and down chimneys to bring gifts.
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