Naturally, this is another *spit* "Christmas" *spit* horror story which further illustrates why *spit* "Christmas" *spit* must be banned entirely from the lexicon of FORWARD thinking peoples. As the enlightened progressive author suggests, it may be up to US to force a change in this Dutch "tradition."
Perhaps if Piet were shown as a wise progessive?
Actually this is a European wide tradition. Born and raised in Sicily and Switzerland, we ALWAYS had a "Schmutzli", or "Moor" that would accompany Saint Nicholas on the 6th of December as the two of them would go from door to door and have the children say rhymes and sing songs to them.
We then would be rewarded with mandarines, unshelled peanuts, and chocolate, depending on if we were naughty or nice throughout the year.
The man playing Saint Nicholaus, of course was someone that would keep in touch with the parents throughout the year, so he knew if we were naughty or nice.
Now we're talking small villages here, where everyone knows everybody.
And he has Joe Biden for a sidekick, which should count for something!
Racists typically assign value to people according to skin color and scream about how noble they are for doing so while accusing others of being racists. How deliciously Proggish to purchase that warm fuzzy feeling about oneself by beating down others!
And most important: Progs don't have to do anything to actually help others. They've done their part: they care!
R.O.C.K. in the USSAOf course here in What's Left of America we're not as geographically small a village, but Dear Leader DOES know us all, between storing and reading our emails, Echelon listening in on our phone calls, and soon (if not already) drones overhead watching through our ceilings and walls with infrared cameras. So he knows if we're naughty or nice (of course we here on TheCube™ are all nice).
And he has have Joe Biden for a sidekick, which should count for something!
He's makin' a list, checkin' it twice...