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Inside Europe: How racist is Black Pete?

In the Netherlands, kids also receive presents on Dec 5th or 6th, for the feast of Sinterklaas, or Santa Claus. But this tradition is being overshadowed by a fierce debate over racism that’s splitting the country. It centres around the character Black Pete, or in Dutch: "Zwarte Piet". The term describes the black faced helpers who hand out the presents. Stefan Bos reports.

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