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People dressed as Zwarte Piet or Black Pete ride in a parade after St. Nicholas arrives by boat in Amsterdam. Foreigners visiting the Netherlands in winter are often surprised to see that the Dutch version of St. Nicholas’ helpers resemble a racist caricature of a black man. The Dutch, known for tolerance, are also starting to question the tradition. (Associated Press)

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