Patty Brard's latest column in Weekend Magazine deals with the controversy about the arrival of "Sinterklaas" (St. Nicholas) in Groningen on November 16th. This event was spoilt by a strange debate. Recently, there has been in the Netherlands intense discussions about the character of Zwarte Piet, Sinterklaas’ helpers who are played by white people in black-face make-up. Some critics consider "Zwart Piet" (Black Pete) a racist tradition.
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