Let’s do a change of pace and write this post in English – this will not only serve to make me seem international but it will also be a chance to show the neoreactionary crowd that I am not always taking their concepts and literally translating them into Dutch.
Tomorrow will be the 5th of December. A day just like any other you might say, but in the Netherlands the 5th is a festive day dedicated to the birthday of Sinterklaas. Who is Sinterklaas? Well, as the story goes, Sinterklaas is an old wise man from Spain who visits us annually to give presents to the good children. Naughty children however are taken away to Spain in a big sack – Sinterklaas has a big book in which all this is written down.
You might imagine the horrendous logistical task upon which Sinterklaas embarks: Taking notes of who is naughty and who is bad, travelling to the Netherlands by a steamboat, making sure all the children get their presents in one night… Not even to mention taking care of his white horse, Amerigo, upon which he gallops over the rooftops! Luckily, Sinterklaas has some helpers: an army of Black Pieters. And herein lies the problem: Sinterklaas, as progressives are increasingly pointing out, is racist.
Up until a couple of years ago this was not really an issue. Sure, foreign students would laughingly point out the strange Dutchmen with their strange Sinterklaas slavery tradition, but we went on to celebrate anyway. Media attention has however escalated in recent years, up till the point where this year I notice people actually ignoring Sinterklaas as it has become such a politically loaded subject.
By and all, the Dutch are a fairly straight-minded people – many either don’t care or don’t like the attention that is being put upon the racistness of Sinterklaas. But Ctulhu moves as Ctulhu moves, and as such Dutch people suddenly find their Sinterklaas tradition being attacked. Scrambling to defend Sinterklaas, mainstream pro-Sinterklaas arguments abound to the following:
- The Pieters are not black, it is soot from the chimney
- The children don’t know about the whole racist angle.
Essentially, the Dutch mainstream defence of Sinterklaas amounts to ‘Sinterklaas isn’t racist!’ The problem with this is twofold:
- Besides whatever the Pieters are meant to be, no one in their right mind can claim that a white bearded man with a legion of blackface painted men is not racist. Sinterklaas has some serious racist tendencies. Basically, Sinterklaas is racist.
- By not acknowledging the racistness of Sinterklaas Dutchmen implicitly acknowledge a very important progressive tale: racism is bad. Thus they in fact agree with the progressives and have no real ground to argue upon. It’s the cuckservative/democrat division imported from the US all over.
Thing is, in order to really defend Sinterklaas one needs to own up to the tradition, which in the current zeitgeist is impossible. If Dutch families want their annual moment of intimacy Sinterklaas will have to evolve into a two-fold tradition in which not only the children learn a valuable lesson about being well-behaved, but the parents also learn a valuable lesson about how black pieters apparently function very well and happy when under the guidance of Sinterklaas.
Naturally I have heard absolutely no one making this argument and I expect I will not see it being made any time soon. I am afraid this round will go to the progressives.