Hi there, this is Frank Kool coming to you from the egalitarian multi-culti haven that is The Netherlands (except for Black Pete) for your daily doses of Dutch news.
We promised ourselves that we would no longer write about this, we really did. But today, the eternally reoccurring debate over whether or not Zwarte Piet is racist has reached a new high (or low, depending on how much you value this debate) as the United Nations released their official opinion on the matter. The phenomenon that is Zwarte Piet continues to baffle people around the world, and I got to admit that it’s an awkward thing to explain to someone who hasn’t been brought up in the Dutch culture. The verdict of the UN: the Dutch should stop celebrating one of their most cherished and holidays.
The character and image of Black Pete perpetuate a stereotyped image of African people and people of African descent as second-class citizens, fostering an underlying sense of inferiority within Dutch society and stirring racial differences as well as racism.
Ouch… Then again, if the UN can’t stop the US from bombing the crap out whatever country they don’t like, good luck with stopping the Dutch from celebrating their racist-ish version of Santa Clause.
But as they say, changing traditions is a tradition in itself. And with the transformation of Dutch culture also comes the ruination of Dutch language, as it was confirmed today that the prominent Dutch dictionary Van Dale has taken up the phrase ‘wazzup’ in its vocabulary. What’s the world coming to, eh?
In other news: today the Dutch proved their admirable dedication in the fight for Mother Nature. Our zeal in recycling is so great that a thrift shop in Gouda suddenly found itself to be the proud owner of several grenades and a significant portion of ammunition. Aside from the fact that this is absolutely insane, there’s a nine out of ten chance that you’ve currently got that damned Macklemore song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. You’re welcome.
That’s about enough for today. On with the Dutch weather forecast: