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photoblog image Here Comes Sinterklaas

Here Comes Sinterklaas

 

Tomorrow, December 5, is Sinterklaasdag in the Netherlands.

The controversy over the use of his Black Petes has been huge this year.

To "change" them would be kinda like "changing" Santa's reindeer???


(Woudrichem, Netherlands)




Here Comes Sinterklaas

 

Tomorrow, December 5, is Sinterklaasdag in the Netherlands.

The controversy over the use of his Black Petes has been huge this year.

To "change" them would be kinda like "changing" Santa's reindeer???


(Woudrichem, Netherlands)




comments (36)

Nice selection of colors... how many helpers does Sinterklaas really need? Times are tough...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Larry. The "issue" is that they're black, of course! A select group of people are making a stink about discrimination...in spite of the fact that one of the reasons they're black is because of the soot of the chimneys!
That's a stretch. Since when has anyone accused Santa's reindeer of practising blackface?
Ginnie Hart: The parallel would be animal-rights groups, Michael, who would say the reindeer are being abused. (sigh)
Great use of color to make the symbols of the holiday "pop"
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Hollie. More Dutch you cannot get! smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Dec 2013, 03:35
He is protesting the scourge of the bollard...
Ginnie Hart: Actually, the Black Petes aren't the ones protesting, which is part of the irony, Ray. It's just a select group who believes it's discrimination, even though most of the "black" is from chimney soot and not skin color. The solution is apparently to make the faces all different colors. Seriously??? Astrid is hoping they're make the age-old tradition a UNESCO heritage...not to be touched.
Hmmmm....Great photo Ginnie! Love the coloring! .... but, hmmmm...
Ginnie Hart: If it's not skin-color discrimination, Elizabeth, it's animal rights or something else! Astrid is hoping they'll make this age-old tradition a UNESCO heritage. Thanks.
I love your image of Zwarte Piet very much Ginnie and i think that it's a shame to change historical folklore just to be politically correct...
there i've said my peice "D
....white petersmile
Ginnie Hart: You obviously get it, Peter! Thank you. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Dec 2013, 06:53
Now there's a sweet little mini-Sinterklass. I just Googled Black Pete and have to ask what the problem is Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: The one in front is a Black Pete, next to the Sinterklaas hat. In the window is Sinterklaas, another Black Pete (with black face) and Amerigo, the horse for Sinterklaas (when they come over from Spain in a boat). The problem now with the Black Petes is that they're considered discriminatory...as in using Black people like slaves. Sinterklaas is indeed considered to have saved Moors from slavery by using them as his helpers. And now most of them are white or black, with chimney soot on their faces. It's the folklore of it all, as Peter said in his comment...and has nothing to do with discrimination!! Just leave it alone, the majority of Dutch are saying (including Astrid)!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Dec 2013, 07:13
I love the selective colouring and the Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet in the shop window.
A wonderful tradition that should be untouched.
A wonderful time of giving and making a poem with the gifts we give.
Ginnie Hart: This image has all the integral characters: Zwarte Piet, Sinterklaas and Amerigo. I love them all and hope nothing ever gets changed in this wonderful Dutch tradition!!!
Here we go again, PC brigade vilifying old traditions, skin colour should not be an issue our dear old Golly on the marmalade jars went that way.
Ginnie Hart: UGH. You get it, too, Martin. Just leave it alone, the Dutch say!!!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Dec 2013, 07:20
Oh, I recall this scene as you captured this sweet fellow -and the girl who put on the tiara - a wonderful time with you both!
(I'll show tomorrow de Zwarte Piet)
Ginnie Hart: So many happy memories, Philine. I'll be eager to see your Zwarte Piet tomorrow! smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 4 Dec 2013, 07:34
I read all about the controversy last month, Ginnie - what a waste of time and effort
Ginnie Hart: I so agree, Lisl. Just leave good enough alone!!! It drives Astrid mad!
Everything should be banned as it upsets somebody...........
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Bill!!!
Only Bills pictures should be banned, carry on as normal,I say.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA. I'll try to remain politically correct on that one, Mick. smile
  • Gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 4 Dec 2013, 08:49
Easy Ginnie, Santa's reindeer could be changed for little chinamen.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, you do have a point...and that IS the point. Just leave good enough alone! (sigh)
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Dec 2013, 09:03
LOL at Bill.. sad but increasingly true. No-one must be offended any more Grrrrr... Here's to St Nick!
Ginnie Hart: I guess there are both pros and cons to becoming "one world!" (sigh)
It doesn't really matter if Pete is black or white, right? Come on, you'll never see a yellow one. That's so not fair. Ha ha...

If they really wanna change Pete, Felix the Cat would be the best candidate!
Ginnie Hart: Well, to be honest, LC, they want to make the Black Petes look like M&Ms...all different color faces. (sigh)
a cute shot. like the use of selective colouration
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Ayush. All the important "ingredients" for Sinterklaasdag tomorrow. smile
A lovely photo Ginnie. PC interferes with the innocence of folk lore too much don't you think? Things should be accepted in the manner they were meant.
Ginnie Hart: I couldn't agree more, Pauline. Just leave good enough alone!
I love the selective colouring Ginnie! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. All the important characters for Sinterklaasdag! smile
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 4 Dec 2013, 10:03
A member of the Legislature in Nova Scotia who is of Dutch heritage went blackface as Black Pete to a Dutch party on the weekend. Someone took a picture and the outrage began. He tearfully apologized in the legislature on Monday and will take 'sensitivity training.'

I believe the issue is not the colour of his skin but the fact that Pete was a slave.
Ginnie Hart: My understanding from Astrid is that Sinterklaas "saved" the slaves and had them work for him...and they LOVED it. That's the tradition she knows! And when you see them out-n-about at this time of the year, they're footloose and fancy free, carrying on with great glee to the delight of young and old alike. Nothing "slave" about them!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan
  • 4 Dec 2013, 10:44
A wonderful photo.

It's funny, this controversy reminds me of a scene in the movie we watched the other night, the original "Ocean's Eleven" with the Rat Pack. Sammy Davis, Jr is driving the truck to the heist, and the other guys (Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, etc.), all white, are blackening their faces so they don't shine in the dark. Sammy, driving, says, "I knew this color would come in handy some day." smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! I love it, Ruth! Actually, we have that movie but haven't seen it yet. We'll have to check it out this holiday season. smile Thanks.
that looks cute smile
Ginnie Hart: The Black Petes are really cute, Joshi, especially when the children dress up like them. smile Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Dec 2013, 12:57
I find the issue some people chases a bit lame and off the track. Must be some politician who is trying to hide something else. Each colour has a right to exist and cannot be wished away.

Political correctness is thought up by people and therefor very flawed. In your birth country they speak of Afro-Americans. Immediately they become qualified Americans second-hand citizens. If not, why don't they refer to white folks as Euro-Americans. Because as a first class, that is not necessary.

If the guy had black helpers, he had black helpers. Making a lot of noise won't change history.

Oh, by the way, an excellent picture. Enjoy the festivities.
Ginnie Hart: My point exactly, Louis, except you said it better. Thanks!
love the mixture of colours here Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Ronky.
PC gone mad again. I suppose there would be a fuss if all the Petes had to be white. Sweet shot and I like the selective colour Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: It's enough to drive everyone crazy over here, Janet!!! (sigh) Thanks.
I read of this "Black Pete" thing recently, I can't see what the problem is. Mind you it is the same over here if the word "Golliwog" is even whispered quite innocently!
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure every country has their own version of such PC controversy, Brian. UGH. This "instant communication" world we live in really makes things complicated, doesn't it!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Dec 2013, 17:46
Have a lovely SInterklaasdag
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Anne. It will be our celebration of my 4 years here in the Netherlands! smile
Nice work Ginnie. I like !
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Marie. smile
A pity to notice that narrow minded people can be found anywhere Ginnie!
Why should it change?
Ginnie Hart: Well, you have a point there, Richard. (sigh)
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 4 Dec 2013, 20:31
Sinterklaasdag, Santa Claus, the Biblical Magi, and other, is a creation of capitalism... sad

I like the traitement for this image
Ginnie Hart: Hmmmm. Interesting observation, Oscar....
A light-brown Peter may be a solution ;-)
Ginnie Hart: But I like the one in the window better, Wim! smile
That is cute. You certainly are good with that selective colour.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael. Sometimes I go overboard on the selective coloring but I really have fun doing it. smile
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 5 Dec 2013, 08:18
Les traditions ! Bonne journée
JP
Ginnie Hart: Yes, JP. Let the traditions live!
Great job with the selective colouring as usual, Ginnie. Such a pity that holiday traditions seem to be hijacked by controversy so often these days.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Beverly. I know. The Dutch have no problem with this tradition. It's the outsiders who project their own "history" onto it that mess it up for everyone else. UGH.
Oh, when I turned on my computer this morning and saw 12/5 I thought of Sinterklaasdag and even found the cardboard box of my milk chocolate and hazelnut letter R! Of course I ate it last year...but kept the box for the memory! Love!
Ginnie Hart: I had totally forgotten about your chocolate letter, Robin. Oh my. Memories, indeed. I wish you were here to give you another one! smile When I went into the bedroom yesterday morning to make the bed, Sinterklaas had left a chocolate letter for me in my shoe. I started laughing out loud. I just love the tradition! More Dutch you cannot get. smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2013, 18:43
I like the way you have used selective colour.
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Cherry. You know me and selective coloring. smile

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