THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The top-selling Dutch newspaper has apologized for a story on its website that linked the death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela with a controversial black-face character in the traditional Dutch celebration of Sinterklaas.

In the opening sentence of an article collating reactions to Mandela’s death, De Telegraaf said Friday that Mandela “died on the very night of St. Nicholas (with Black Pete).”

Black Pete is the helper of Saint Nicholas, known in the Netherlands as Sinterklaas, who brings children gifts on Dec. 5. Black Pete traditionally is portrayed by people in black-face makeup.

The character has been the focus of a fierce debate in the Netherlands recently between fans of the Sinterklaas tradition and opponents who call Black Pete a racist throwback.

The Telegraaf blamed the “tasteless link” on “an unfortunate convergence of circumstances.”

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2 thoughts on “Dutch Paper Sorry for ‘Tasteless’ Mandela Article

  1. Caucasian’s will always get to place their racist comments out to the public so, it scars the mind’s of millions to remember that they can do it then, gives a star studded, “We are so sorry” patheticapologies. Why they (Caucasian’s) think we do not see through their racist pattern’s amazes the hell out of me!! Personally, i do not give two shit about what they print because you cannot slay those nefarious creatures with peace, love and, holiness. It is not in their nature’s!!

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