Highest Dutch sidesteps debate on whether Dutch 'Black Pete' character is racist stereotype

November 12, 2014 9:30 AM

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Highest Dutch sidesteps debate on whether Dutch 'Black Pete' character is racist stereotype

People wearing T-shirts reading "World Against Racism, No More Black Pete" and holding a poster with a picture of Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan attend the ruling over a complaint that the city of Amsterdam had no right to authorize a parade with Black Pete because he is a negative stereotype of black people, at the highest Dutch administrative in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. The court declined to wade into the increasingly acrimonious national debate around Black Pete, the black-faced sidekick to the Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus, and ruled that the city of Amsterdam was right to grant a permit for parade with Black Petes. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) (The Associated Press)

People listen as court President Jaap Polak reads the ruling over a complaint that Black Pete is a negative stereotype of black people, at the highest Dutch administrative court over in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. The court declined to wade into the increasingly acrimonious nat...

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