Sinterklaas bleeding, but not dead

I. Sinterklaas & politics
I wrote about Sinterklaas in 2015 and 2016.

Originally I was going to title this ‘Sinterklaas dead, but no dancing on the grave’ but after observing current events I have become more hopeful.

It turns out that most Dutchies like Sinterklaas and Black Piet (pronounced Peet, plural Peeters). In fact, many are distraught by the sudden assassination of Sinterklaas. Change has come quick indeed: 5 years no one gave the colour of Peeters a second thought, except, surprise surprise, the international community attending Dutch liberal arts & social science universities.

It has now become clear that the change came in 2014 when a United Nations tentacle called The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent decreed that Sinterklaas and his blackface Peeters were racist and evil. Promptly the media, professors and politicians announced Sinterklaas was evil and suddenly Sinterklaas morphed from a children’s tradition into a politicised fight between adults.

3 years later, what is the damage? The cathedral being the cathedral, it has killed the official Sinterklaas. This is apparent through the Sinterklaas journal on tv, where Sinterklaas is surrounded by weird white men instead of his trusty sidekicks. It is similarly apparent through his official arrival in Dokkum, where it has been made sure that a Peeter close to Sinterklaas is as obviously fake as possible.

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Sinterklaas in the Netherlands, 2017

BUT, a resistance has sprouted. When several buses of Social Justice Warriors from Amsterdam went to Dokkum to ruin everyone’s day, this resistance blocked the highway and forced the SJWs to go back. Locals planned to set up even more barricades. Because of this grassroots resistance, the mayor of Dokkum declared anti-Sinterklaas protests illegal. I’ve also heard that in other towns, during the arrivals of non-offical Sinterklaases, black Peeters were painted more black than usual. Impressive!

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Highway blocked

 

II. Sinterklaas & Children’s rite of passage

 

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Sinterklaas, not in the Netherlands

Though the tradition of Sinterklaas is likely derived from Germanic fertility rites, the original Nicolas of Myra (280 AD) was always known as a patron of children. Sinterklaas has always been a festivity for children — he visits every year with his helpers, the black Peeters, who dance and smile and give candy and presents to good children. Bad children get twigs and salt. How does Sinterklaas separate the good children from the bad? He carries with him a big book in which he keeps note of all the good and bad stuff children have done.

Sinterklaas is a rite of passage for children. Every kid believed Sinterklaas was real at one point until he no longer did and then asked himself how he could ever believe something so obviously fake was real.

Through Sinterklaas kids learn about many things, such as:

  • The difference between good and bad.
  • That there are adults who care about children.
  • How to behave as a wise old man.
  • Assabiyah.
  • And, finally, the happiness low-IQ people have and spread when they follow a wise leader.

This last point especially triggers leftists to no end, thus betraying leftists’ utter contempt for low-IQ people.

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