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Thread #161296   Message #3834724
Posted By: GUEST,Peter Laban
25-Jan-17 - 08:07 AM
Thread Name: blacked up morris dancers abused in uk
Subject: RE: blacked up morris dancers abused in uk
Same with Zwarte Piet, although the suggestion that he is going to carry the naughty children off to his home in Spain is a bit of a clue, don't you think.

Zwarte Piet is usually explained either as a Moorish 'servant' (slave, essentially, one would presume) or blackened by soot from climbing through chimneys to enter houses. The longstanding practice of having him speak in broken/child like language and made up perceived mock 'black' or (later) surinam accents is a bit of a give away when it comes to racial/racist roots.