'Black Pete' character to be slowly erased from Amsterdam winter festival

August 14, 2014 2:07 PM

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Amsterdam's mayor and organizers of a large children's winter festival have unveiled plans to reform the image of "Black Pete" -- the sidekick to the Dutch Santa Claus -- to remove perceived racist elements.

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said Thursday the "negroid character" of Pete's appearance will be eliminated over a period of years.

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