Sinterklaasje Kom Maar Binnen Zonder Knecht

Identifier

TBAFB0108

Title

Sinterklaasje Kom Maar Binnen Zonder Knecht

Description

Zwarte Piet: an irreplaceable piece of tradition or an outdated colonial symbol? This book is critical on the tradition of "Black Pete". Because the figure of Zwarte Piet reproduces existing stereotypes about black people: that they are nimble, clownish, a bit stupid, and by definition the lesser of white people.

For many Dutch people this stereotyping is not enough reason to change the Sinterklaas celebration back then, and still now in the 21st century, and adapt it to the multicultural society. And that's what the book is about. Why does the Dutch society react so emotionally, so resolutely averse to the request to think about a different presentation of the figures in the Sinterklaas celebration?

Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Astrid Roemer, Anil Ramdas, Teun van Dijk, Scotty Gravenberch, Guno Jones, Kon Makandra, Celestine Raalte, Lulu Helder offer a perceptive perspective on our contemporary society where habits and attitudes from our colonial past clash with the today's multicultural society.

Language

Dutch

Publisher

EPO

Relation

Facing Blackness is a multimedia exhibition that takes the public through the obscure history of portraying Black people from the colonial period to contemporary society. Using unique archive material and visual art, we show how anti-black racism became part of the Dutch 'cultural archive' and our everyday ideas, customs and utensils. On the other hand, the exhibition shows how there has always been 'everyday resistance' to various forms of racism and how Black people themselves have given and continue to give meaning to their culture and identity.

Source

The Black Archives

Date

1998

ISBN

9064451036

Primary Author

Helder, L.
Gravenberch, S.

Page Count

215

Keywords

Zwarte Piet, Sinterklaas, Racism, Blackface, Resistance

Archived By

Lieke Bremer

Citation

“Sinterklaasje Kom Maar Binnen Zonder Knecht,” The Black Archives, accessed June 30, 2022, https://collection.theblackarchives.nl/items/show/3542.
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