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Dutch Paper Mourns Mandela with Black-Face

De Telegraaf, Holland’s most popular newspaper, is besides itself with apologies over a highly un-PC faux pas committed on its website: an article rounding up global reactions to the passing of the South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, linked his death with a black-face character in the traditional Dutch celebration of Sinterklaas.

Sinterklaas, or Sint Nicolaas, is celebrated annually on Saint Nicholas’ eve (December 5) in the Netherlands.

According to the AP, the opening sentence of the article said Friday that Mandela “died on the very night of St. Nicholas (with Black Pete).”

Saint Nicholas’ helper Black Pete is traditionally portrayed by actors in black-face makeup.

AP reports that this character has been the focus of a debate in the Netherlands between fans of traditional Sinterklaas and those who see Black Pete as a racist phenomenon.

The White rulers of South African who enacted the racist laws which Mandela spent his life fighting, were mostly descendants of settlers from the Netherlands and Britain.

The Telegraaf apologized, blaming the “tasteless link” on “an unfortunate convergence of circumstances.”

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5 Responses to “Dutch Paper Mourns Mandela with Black-Face”

  1. Cody Flecker says:

    Oy Oy Oy, the Jews are in mourning when one of their anti semitic friends pass away. Nelson Mandela was no friend of the Jews, as an avowed Communist who adored Stalin and Lenin, plus Arafat, Mandela paid lip service to the Israelis only to curse them behind his back. What a mensch, and the Jews are lamenting the passing of this man. Who knows what the Jews will do when their other mentor, Desmond Tutu, finally passed to his hell. Oy Oy Oy, the Jews feel real pain when an anti semite passes away.,

  2. Cody Flecker It is true, he did support Arafat, and the ANC were Stalinists, however, it is also true that many Jews (including myself) were involved in fighting the apartheid regime. Mandela wasn't the most important name until he came out of prison, and then he had changed his violent tactics. Britain's chief Rabbi is South African, and his family's law company gave Mandela a job as a lawyer before Mandela was imprisoned. People are very complex, and live with many paradoxes, and South Africa was more complex and complicated than most, when I lived there in the 1960's.

  3. The Guardian says:

    Dear Sylvie, anti-Semetism isn’t complex. It’s hatred pure and simple. We as Jews should never speak of nuances and complexities when confronting Jew-hatred. The speaker must and should be condemned by all decent people, but especially by Jews themselves. On this we must remain united.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cody Flecker as a non-Jew what are you doing on this site and pretending to sympathetic to Jews. Not to many Jews in the mountains of Georgia , Cody.

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