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  • A person dressed as Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete, attends a parade after Sinterklaas, as the Dutch call Santa Claus, arrived by boat in Amsterdam on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Margriet Faber)

    Criticism of Dutch 'Black Pete' tradition grows

    Foreigners visiting the Netherlands in winter are often surprised to see that the Dutch version of St. Nicholas' helpers have their faces painted black, wear Afro wigs and have thick red lips; in short, a racist caricature of a black person.

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  • "It's not only Antilleans or Surinamers who are complaining," she said, referring to people descended from the former Dutch colonies that once traded in slavery. "It's all kinds of Dutch people."

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  • She said that historically her office received only one or two complaints per year, but the number jumped to more than 100 last year, and will escalate much further this year.

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