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The Fight Over ‘Black Pete’ Brings a Reckoning on Racial Equality in the Netherlands

By News & Current Affairs

By: Charlotte McDonald-Gibson / Amsterdam — When it comes to places in the world to raise happy and fulfilled children, one country constantly tops the rankings. Almost every year, a new book, article, or report touts The Netherlands as a child-rearing utopia, with the U.N. in September rating the country the best in the industrialized world for kids’ well-being. But it is also a place where one of the pure joys of childhood—Christmas—is tainted…

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