Court rules Netherlands' Black Pete offensive

Amsterdam court rules traditional Dutch figure offensive for stereotyping black people.

Last updated: 04 Jul 2014 04:09
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An Amsterdam court has ruled that the traditional Dutch figure Black Pete is offensive due to its role in continuing stereotypes of black people. 

In Dutch Christmas tradition, Black Pete is the sidekick of Sinterklaas and brings presents for children. 

However he is also potrayed as inept and unintelligent, and human rights activists argued he was a racist caricature that should be banned.

Al Jazeera's Alexi O'Brien reports. 


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