First the first time in 2 years the Sinterklaas Parade in Vancouver has been canceled. Reason: His wingman Zwarte Piet. The black community has protested against the blackface racist character Zwarte Piet marching in the parade and the organising committee has admitted, after "doing research" that "they have a point". I could not agree more with our follow Dutchies in Canada.
The important bit is: it shows exactly why Zwarte Piet as a blackface is a problem: the tradition as it is not future-proof. In 2011 in a globalising world it is impossible to explain how a blackface character is racist everywhere - except for in The Netherlands.
Please remember: the goal of this petition is to modernise the tradition by taking the racist element out and make it future proof, and not to simply cancel the whole parade without providing a fix. Please sign the petition: Sinterklaas needs to get fixed and brought back to Vancouver!
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