Posts Tagged: Zwarte Piet

Wouter Van Bellingen: Black Pete is an aberration that will become history

 Wouter Van Bellingen, 45, is a Flemish human rights’ activist who has fought for racial justice in Belgium. One of the issues that he has challenged is the racist legacy of Black Pete (or Zwarte Piet). Apart from issues like cultural appropriation and disrespect for minorities like blacks, the United Nations declared in 2015 that Black Pete was a “vestige of slavery.”  

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ENAR*: Open letter to Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of The Netherlands , Ivo Opstelten , Ministry for Security and Justice and Fred Teeven , State Secretary for Security and Justice

 Brussels, 24 November 2014 Dear Prime Minister, Dear Ministers, We, the undersigned, are writing to express our concern regarding the conduct of Dutch authorities and law enforcement officials on the day of the ‘arrival’ of Saint Nicholas in Gouda, the Netherlands on 15 November 2014. First hand evidences show clear violations of the freedom of

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