The Ugly Caricature At The Heart Of Holland’s Holiday Celebrations

Every year on the eve of St. Nicholas Day, in a televised ceremony, Sinterklaas comes sailing into a Dutch port with a slave servant assistant – or a group of them – called Black Pete and dressed like an escapee from a minstrel show. Complaints about racist caricature are beginning to rise, and some Dutch people are reacting with unusual hostility.

Source: Slate 12/14/11 (includes slideshow)