But most Dutch people, especially the kids, and the story that I was always told…is that ‘Zwarte Piet’ is black from the soot of the chimneys.
Whatever story you believe, he is a much loved character who distributes sweets and presents and joy to all.
Anyway the last few years there has been a lot of protests against this tradition…obviously…as it has come to light that it is not OK. Why not just have Rainbow Pete or Pink Pete or Orange Pete?
But others are protesting to keep the tradition alive.
In my mind, it’s not for anyone white to decide what is discriminatory or offensive, the fact is, if someone finds it so, then it is….and we should be LISTENING to each other and changing accordingly.
But others would say that this is a yearly tradition and celebration for children, which only ever had the intention of bringing laughter and joy to ALL kids.