It was time for the negative, offensive, racist and discriminatory caricature of Black Pete (Zwarte Piet) to vanish from the traditional festivities of Netherlands, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said in a statement in Nevada (USA).
The country of Rembrandt and Van Gogh, which had a long history of social tolerance and which hosted International Court of Justice, should not be in the business of such negative stereotyping, said Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism.
Rajan Zed noted that it was absolutely baffling that racist stereotypes like “Dutch Black Pete”, which should have been extinct many decades ago, continues to exist in 21st century world.
Is not Netherlands famous for promoting equality? Zed asked.
Zed indicated that “Dutch Black Pete” might be a popular Dutch tradition, but it appeared to be a racist throwback to the slavery era.
Rajan Zed urged His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to urgently intervene to put an end to the character of “Dutch Black Pete”.