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A traditional Christmas celebration in The Netherlands is causing quite a stir in the black community. They have a holiday called Sinterklaas. In Dutch folklore, this is St. Nicholas’ day of feast. Along with St. Nick, people dress up as his servant Zwart Piet, which translates to Black Pete.

Lots of Dutch folk dressed up as Black Pete-black face and all-while Americans are feeling like the costumes are racially insensitive, the Dutch say it’s far from racist because Black pete is known to be a Spanish Moor or just covered in soot from sliding down the chimney.

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While we can all agree racial sensitivity varies from country to country, there was no black person to say this could potentially be seen as racist? Let us know what you think. Is this racist or just good, clean traditional fun?

For more photos from Sinterklaas, head here.

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