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Sinterklaas & 6-8 Black Men

sinterklaasA few days ago I found out about a custom in Holland involving the usual Santa Claus dude with a hitch. Black Peter.  Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (Santa & Black Peter). Now the Dutch celebration involves dressing up in court page type costumes and black face.  That’s right – black face, ya know – the Al Jolson shit. One of those things that just pisses me off.

Sisyphus at 43rd State Blues found some ‘You Tube’ of David Sedaris’ version, his interpretation of the Sinterklaas legend.  Below is the first installment; there are three, the other two are here and here at You Tube entitled ‘six to eight black men.’  which makes Sisyphus’s gift all the more impressive because I just happened to hear David Sedaris over the weekend on NPR and as bland as he sometimes comes across, I do enjoy hearing him.  And he can explain this ‘cuz it just pisses me off.