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26 November 2015
Protest Against Black Pete
WILLEMSTAD – Upon the arrival of Sinterklaas in Curaçao next Saturday Museo Tula (Tula Museum) will protest against this, what they call, racist tradition. This was announced by Stanley Quirindongo on behalf of the museum.
“We need to come up with a new tradition. We are not giving value to our color with the Black Pete. It doesn’t even matter if they paint their faces all kinds of other colors. Let’s stop with this tradition,” said Quirindongo.
Museo Tula points out that the human history and civilization have begun in Africa. Despite the humiliating century of slavery, our forefathers have always ensured that there is mutual concern and cooperation between the people. “Still our youth don’t even know about their African roots.”
In this ‘atmosphere of ignorance’ we celebrate every year Sinterklaas. “The white man on the horse who looks down on his helpers. This black man is stupid and a clown, he can only do strange things.”
It is a Dutch children’s tradition. Quirindongo says that it is full of humiliating elements and it is also a racist tradition.