About No Black Pete

Thank you for visiting this site on racism in Holland (the Netherlands). The Dutch celebrate slavery in the form of adding black petes (blackfaced white people called ‘zwarte piet’) to their celebration of Santa Claus (Sinterklaas).


The celebration is on December 5th in Holland and December 6th in Belgium, but in 2011 the preparation for the fest-evil-ties in Holland started as early as September. That is a long period to openly relish in racism.

For as much as the Dutch think they are forward when it comes to business, that much are they backwards when it comes to upholding human rights. It is not by accident. It is all according to plan.


This site will be used to write articles against the ingrained ‘tradition’ of black pete and racism in Holland and abroad.


22 Responses to “About No Black Pete”

  1. seakist November 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    How awful! Pardon my ignorance but I was unaware of such a thing.

    • No Black Pete November 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

      Thank you for responding.
      Even the people participating seem unaware. The hatred has been turned into a ‘children’s party’, so children get indoctrinated from the moment they go to kindergarten or school – thus enforced by government. And, it works.

  2. Chicken Fried Comics December 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Teej Jenkins January 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    In planning my itinerary for my first time visit to Holland several months from now, topping my plans was to visit with the organization NINsee – whose article I read (a year ago) concerning their risk of government cuts. I went to their website today to see what exhibits there were this year & found that they no longer exist. I am an African American and this causes such heartfelt emotion and sadness. After I clicked various other links, I was led here to your commentary about Black Pete. It further upset me. I will still plan my visit this year, but it is unsettling that this sort of ignorance and denial exists in what from the outside, appears to be an open minded, forward thinking, accepting country. Thank you for your insightful writing.

    • No Black Pete January 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

      Thank you for your comment. It is nice to see that people care. As far as I know NiNsee is working from a smaller platform in ‘Amsterdams Stadsarchief’. You could still try to contact them. They may be able to guide you to other exhibits.
      The Dutch are very nice people, as long as you let them know that you have come to spend money, and will be LEAVING soon again. They will come and wave you out.
      Anyway, I plan to post an update on NiNsee at the end of January. But, if you need help with finding info, just send an e-mail or leave a comment.
      Bless, NBP

  4. Kushite Prince March 4, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    That Black Pete character needs to die! I first heard about it maybe fifteen years ago. It’s a total racist insult. These people get off on degrading others. I truly believe they get off on it. They love spreading anti-blackness whenever they can.
    By the way,thanks for the follow.

    • No Black Pete March 4, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

      I am still watching videos on your site, so following is in my own interest.
      I do not want to misunderstand. Do you mean for white Pete to die, or to just stop putting on black-face?! Lol. I used to think that it should stop immediately, but it find that it has helped me to understand how they enslaved and treated our ancestors, and to understand what they do to us now. They have won the race, surprising us with their psychopathy, and they do not want us to take back control. So, I use their insanity to show it to the rest of the world. Yes, it is racist, not because there is something like biological races, but they won the race to supremacy and do not want to give up the seat. But, they are still a minority in the world. They will have to crawl into their underground tunnels, as soon as things get set right. Ashe.

    • Kushite Prince March 4, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

      They can die or stop using blackface. Both work for me!lol

  5. Rudy August 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Hi, I happened to stumble on this blog and felt the need to give some thoughts on it.

    There are various stories about the origin of Black Pete, one being a pagan deity, others very likely derived from the Netherland’s or Europe’s colonial history.

    I certainly understand the assumption regarding Black Pete by those of African descent, and they are probably right. I’m not going to argue your point of view on this because I do recognize it can be seen as racist (again the origin is not very clear), but it’s definitely not a (conscious) way of celebrating slavery and indoctrinating children. Ignorance towards feelings and this nation’s history involving slavery, yes most definitely, but you make it sound like the Netherlands is a nation of racists and bigots.

  6. R.M. October 25, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    The idea that Zwarte Piet is racism to me sounds utterly ludicrous, and even more ludicrous is the thought that the Dutch are some sort of bigotry race that sneer upon others….because the facts are completely different, The Dutch are a very open minded bunch, certainly they can be regarded as a fairly intelligent race and I would personally challenge anybody to find a country or race who are more welcoming towards other races than The Netherlands. You will struggle to find a single person in the Netherlands that celebrates slavery or that support idea that Zwarte Piet are born from slavery. Time to stop with this pathetic bandwagon, The people of the Netherlands value life and they do so regardless of the colour of skin, or country of origin…….SAVE ZWARTE PIET !

    • No Black Pete October 25, 2013 at 8:01 am #

      The white Dutch as a separate race. Now I have heard it all.

  7. SUzanne October 28, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    My name is Suzanne, I’m from the Netherlands, and I have a few things to say.

    First of all, Sinterklaas has nothing to do with Christmas. Sinterklaas has existed much longer than Santa Clause.

    Secondly, I personally find the idea of racism stupid to begin with. I’ve had very good friends of all races and I never looked at any of them differently than dutch people. So I never get when this whole discussion about Black Pete being racist always pops up around this time of the year. My idea is that those who emphasize the difference between the skin colours of Sinterklaas and his Pieten, are the ones who see the difference more than anyone else. Which makes me wonder who the real racists are.

    The tradition of Sinterklaas is a very happy and positive thing, and as far as I know.

    It’s not fair to judge a another country’s national holiday without ever having experienced it.

    • No Black Pete October 28, 2013 at 9:53 am #

      Clearly, you have not read any of my articles which have been posted the year round. But I have a few minutes of idle time so I will respond to a bit of your interesting double talk.
      – Holiday? Now Sinterklaas en Zwarte Piet(en) is holy? What emotional nonsense.
      – Another country? If you have so many Black friends, then look to the right. I may be sitting right there listening to you babble. Maybe when you actually look at any of us, you will recognize that most Black people in Hell Land ARE Dutch. If you cast a spell on yourself to not see skin color, how can you then not call Black people Dutch?
      Well, as long as you are happy with ‘tradition’, then all is well in hell land. Is it not?

    • Suzanne October 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

      To be honest, no, I skipped through a few of your articles but what I did read was a little too onesided for me.

      Also, I never said I have a lot of black friends, I said I’ve had friends of all races. I do have a very good friend who is black, who is also one of the most openminded people I’ve ever met. So I doubt you’re him.

      And when I said “dutch people” I was referring to natives, not nationalities. I very much see everyone who lives in Holland and considers themselves Dutch, just like that.

      I find that the way you take a few of my words out of context and twist them into meaning something I never said, only makes you less convincing in your cause.

      Ofcourse there is racism in Holland, just like any other country, but I, and most of the people around me, are not interested or involved in it.

    • No Black Pete October 28, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

      Your opinion on my articles is irrelevant. It is just that to state that “the whole discussion … always pops up this time of the year” on a site that addresses the Black Pete travesty regardless of the season of fest-evil-ties shows typical disinterest. Which is your jealous-god-given white privilege.
      Of course, you are not my friend. That is why it irks me that you get so familiar. With the “one Black friend” in the pocket, the road is open to tell everyone that you are not a racist. Except for this little fact that many Black Dutch are… native. Maybe it will help when I put it in German: Blut und Boden. Yikes. What is this world coming to?!
      Fijne Sinterklaas. The end.

  8. thecrowdedbookshelf October 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    This is a fantastic site – thank you for bringing this issue to a larger audience. David Sedaris writes about this, but he couches it in his humor essay, so it does get a bit trivialized, and the ugliness of it all is somehow mitigated – You’re doing a service by schooling folks on this tradition

  9. humanmaid October 31, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    I much appreciate your site! It’s good to educate others and above all to educate ourselves, so thank you! About te topic,well, how long will the Dutch keep pretending that they’re not conscious? The criticism about ‘Black Pete’ exists for a long time, but you can choose to ignore it! In 1989 (!) there was an episode of Sesame Street on the Dutch television about this topic, illustrating what kind of effect this way of celebrating ‘Sinterklaas’ has on coloured people. The Dutch always try to convince people that the intention of this celebration is not racist, but they are ignoring the fact that it’s used in a racist way. Little children calling coloured people ‘Black Pete’, grown white men with a beer in their hand making ‘jokes’ about that coloured man that looks just like ‘Black Pete’. But as usual these things are being dismissed as ‘wining’. In my book it’s all about the image you create. Through ‘Black Pete’ you create an image of a coloured person, who constantly needs guidance from a white person (Sinterklaas), otherwise he/she cannot function properly. If we were to create an image of all white males being paedophiles (you frequently read such reports); wouldn’t be fair, would it? And now people are getting dead threads, just because they state they are against ‘Black Pete’; how wonderfully open minded! And why the anger? It’s as if there is a feeling of being caught. I say, keep Sinterklaas, it’s nice for the children, but change that ‘Black Pete’. Alas, that will not happen, the Dutch are fiercely holding on to it. Makes me wonder about them: from the outside so open minded, but it seems to be but a thin layer, because from the inside a lot seem to be more racist than they themselves would acknowledge.

    • No Black Pete October 31, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      Much appreciated. You touch upon the problem of the protests against Black Pete still getting ignored along with the Black people who voice it. Except for when white Pete seeks to silence the protesters. Then names and e-mails are distributed among the white mob. To do nothing is to condone this sick behavior. Ignorance veiling insanity.

  10. No Black Pete November 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

  11. judywashbush February 21, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I am forwarding your blog to my daughter Amy, who teaches as the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin and is very interested in the discussions on race which Madison is having.

  12. No Black Pete February 21, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Thanks for visiting Judy. The race and the discussion is the main point of this site.

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