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Changing Perspectives on Racism

Hasna El Maroudi | Posted 06.03.2015 | World
Hasna El Maroudi

Living in a society where we spend most of our time staring at a screen, be it smartphone, iPad, laptop or television, having a show that reflects on modern society, like Scandal, is especially important.

Dutch Police Arrest 60 At Black Pete Festival

Reuters | Posted 01.15.2015 | World

AMSTERDAM, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Police arrested 60 people on Saturday as protesters clashed at a traditional Dutch festival for children which critics...

Dutch Court Won't Rule Whether Black Pete Is Racist

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 11.12.2014 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' highest administrative court refused Wednesday to wade into the increasingly acrimonious national deb...

Dutch 'Black Pete' Debate: Innocent Tradition Or Latent Racism?

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE, Nov 12 (Reuters) - The Dutch see themselves as tolerant pragmatists, especially adaptable if social harmo...

Facebook Group Aims To Save Troubling Holiday Tradition

AP | Posted 12.23.2013 | Black Voices

AMSTERDAM — AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch Facebook page seeking to preserve the country's fall "Sinterklaas" festival exactly as it is — includin...

The Most Controversial Holiday Tradition Ever?

Posted 10.24.2013 | Arts

In recent years, controversy has been rising over the Dutch tradition of Zwarte Piet ("Black Pete"), a prominent figure in holiday celebrations in the...

Dutch 'Black Pete' Holiday Tradition Criticism Grows

AP | TOBY STERLING | Posted 02.03.2013 | World

AMSTERDAM -- Foreigners visiting the Netherlands in winter are often surprised to see that the Dutch version of St. Nicholas' helpers have their faces...

PHOTOS: The Saint Who Brings Presents

Posted 12.06.2011 | World

He arrives on a steamship from Spain, travels to the Netherlands on the back of a white horse called 'BadWeatherToday' (SlechtWeerVandaag), and is acc...