George Floyd’s Death And Years Of Dialogue Are Helping The Dutch Disown Black Pete

A demonstrator holds a sign reading "Black Pete Is Racism" during a 2013 demonstration in Amsterdam. Zwarte Piet or Black Pete is traditionally depicted by white people wearing blackface, Afro wigs and red lipstick.

"There's quite a risk that we could have said, 'Oh, that's in the United States. That's not us,' " says Amma Asante, a former member of the Dutch Parliament. "And now there's no denial anymore."

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