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In this photo taken Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 a figure of "Zwarte Piet" or "Black Pete" is seen as decoration in a warehouse in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Foreigners visiting the Netherlands in winter are often surprised to see that the Dutch version of St. Nicholas' little helpers resemble a racist caricature of a black person. The overwhelming majority of Dutch, who pride themselves on tolerance, are fiercely devoted to their holiday tradition and say "Zwarte Piet", whose name means "Black Pete", is absolutely harmless, a fictional figure who does not represent any race. But now a growing group of Dutch natives are questioning whether this particular part of the tradition should be changed. (AP Photo/ Margriet Faber)

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In this photo taken Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 a figure  of "Zwarte Piet" or "Black Pete" is seen as decoration in a warehouse in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Foreigners visiting the Netherlands in winter are often surprised to see that the Dutch version of St. Nicholas' little helpers resemble a racist caricature of a black person. The overwhelming majority of Dutch, who pride themselves on tolerance, are fiercely devoted to their holiday tradition and say "Zwarte Piet", whose name means "Black Pete", is absolutely harmless, a fictional figure who does not represent any race. But now a growing group of Dutch natives are questioning whether this particular part of the tradition should be changed. (AP Photo/ Margriet Faber)
In this photo taken Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 a figure of "Zwarte Piet" or "Black Pete" is seen as decoration in a warehouse in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Foreigners visiting the Netherlands in winter are often surprised to see that the Dutch version of St. Nicholas' little helpers resemble a racist caricature of a black person. The overwhelming majority of Dutch, who pride themselves on tolerance, are fiercely devoted to their holiday tradition and say "Zwarte Piet", whose name means "Black Pete", is absolutely harmless, a fictional figure who does not represent any race. But now a growing group of Dutch natives are questioning whether this particular part of the tradition should be changed. (AP Photo/ Margriet Faber)
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