Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Black Pete Debate: The Call to Boycott Dutch Hema Chain Stores

The Black Pete debate, which has taken a central place in the Netherlands for well over a year, continues to smolder.  The Hema chain stores have decided to adapt their packaging for the national children’s holiday of Sinterklaas of December 5.  From next year on, they will not include the figure of Black Pete on their packaging.  Many social media users, however, are calling for a boycott of the stores as they want to preserve this major Dutch tradition.

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