If you thought blackface ended when Halloween was over, you’re sorely mistaken.
A Belgian Dutch official recently dressed in blackface as “Black Pete,” who is said to be Santa Claus’ Black servant or sidekick. He’s depicted as a mischievous, happy buffoon. Flemish minister Sven Gatz decided to tweet a photo of himself in the get-up, with red lips and an afro wig.
“Folk traditions. Come on. What Christmas songs you should sing, how you celebrate Christmas and Easter — this isn’t what politics is about,” he told reporters in The Hague, according to Al Jazeera.
Unlike most people who learn that blackface is wrong, Gatz might never learn from his mistakes.
Dutch Official Dresses In Blackface, Sees Nothing Wrong With It was originally published on globalgrind.com