03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Is The Belgian And Dutch Tradition Of Black Peter Racist?

To a visitor from across the Atlantic the scene would be disconcerting to say the least.

Dozens of young Europeans in satin britches and curly afro wigs, in blackface, cavort through a gleeful crowd. Their rouged lips and darkened faces recall the notorious minstrel shows of 19th-century America.

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