18 Nov '13, 3pm

My Problem With #Sinterklaas #zwartepiet cc: @nytimes @NPR

My Problem With #Sinterklaas #zwartepiet cc: @nytimes @NPR

While discussing the impending arrival of Sinterklaas this weekend Miss P, my 8 year old, announced, with a tinge of skepticism in her voice, that Zwarte Piet was black because he comes down the chimney . While I am not sure if Miss P's skepticism is a result of her becoming racially aware or just the age-appropriate questioning of the whole coming down the chimney thing, I took the opportunity to stop "whitewashing" the whole blackface issue and tell them the truth: Zwarte Piet is black and that when people dress up with black paint on their faces, they are making fun of black people . Mr. Man and I find this very insulting and thus choose to not participate in the Sinterklaas celebration. Miss P agreed that it wasn't a very nice thing to do and denounced Zwarte Piet because "he makes fun of people with dark skin."

Full article: http://www.motravels.com/2012/12/my-problem-with-sinterkl...

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