BLACK PETE (MAILIEVELD THE HAGUE)
ZWARTE PIET (MAILIEVELD DEN HAAG)
27 OKTOBER 2013 EEN REACTIE PLAATSEN
Voorstander (R) van Zwarte Piet duldt geen tegenspraak
There she stands. A small black woman in a big white sweatshirt. Alone on a quiet patch of Malieveld (The Hague). Proudly she puts a flag in the air, the flag of West Papua where her roots lie, the flag that’s banned in Indonesia.
She demonstrates against the Indonesia that annexed West Papua. “Since that conflict, 400,000 Papuans killed.” And she demonstrates against the United Nations, the organization that does nothing to stop it.
BLACK PETE IS SOOO 1850
The Black Pete figure is outdated. Soon this racist figure may become a museum artifact in an exhibition on 19th century colonialism. Because the black house slave of the white master Sinterklaas is sooo 1850: the year in which the teacher Jan Schenkman blew life into the figure through his book “Sint Nicolaas and his servant”. The social movement which, 150 years after the abolition of slavery, demands the abolition of the Black Pete figure is on the winning side.