In the leadup to Christmas each year, Sinterklaas and his black-faced helper "Black Pete" preside over celebrations and parades across the Netherlands. But for activist Quinsy Gario, the tradition is outdated and racially offensive.
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Mark Rutte, who once defended blackface as tradition, has now said he wants the custom to disappear. The decision comes as solidarity protests take hold in the Netherlands following the killing of George Floyd.
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