Ita Krans, left, talks to Black Pete, the black-faced sidekick of Sinterklaas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, during a short ceremony at the mayor’s office in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 2014. The steam boat carrying Sinterklaas is not due to chug into the historic harbor of Maassluis until next weekend, but the annual polarized debate about his helper “Black Pete” has been underway for weeks.
Ita Krans, left, talks to Black Pete, the black-faced sidekick of Sinterklaas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, during a short ceremony at the mayor’s office in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 2014. The steam boat carrying Sinterklaas is not due to chug into the historic harbor of Maassluis until next weekend, but the annual polarized debate about his helper “Black Pete” has been underway for weeks. Peter Dejong Associated Press, file
Ita Krans, left, talks to Black Pete, the black-faced sidekick of Sinterklaas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, during a short ceremony at the mayor’s office in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 2014. The steam boat carrying Sinterklaas is not due to chug into the historic harbor of Maassluis until next weekend, but the annual polarized debate about his helper “Black Pete” has been underway for weeks. Peter Dejong Associated Press, file

‘Black Pete’ debate rages again ahead of Sinterklaas celebration in Netherlands

November 07, 2016 03:00 PM