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‘Zwarte Piet’ Is Racist, and No Childhood Memory Will Ever Excuse That Fact

We need to realize the racist tradition is normalized blackface

Photo by Eva Plevier on Reuters

Christmas is right around the corner, and that means in the Netherlands and Belgium, Zwarte Piet celebrations will soon flurry onto the streets of Rotterdam, Breda, and Antwerp.




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