ohhhhhh my god this is so bad. and the fact that the dutch don’t see it as a problem is even worse.
in a similar vein, i remember having an uncomfortable conversation with friends in austria. on the 6th january, children dress up as the three wise men and go around knocking on people’s doors to ask for money for the church. one of them goes in blackface. my first january in austria i had NO idea about this. so i open the door of my apartment and stand there in utter disbelief, before my room mate dashes out of her room and throws some money at them.
when i told her how shocked i was (this was 2012!!!) she shrugged it off, saying that she had always done it as a kid. wtf!!!
another time, i was in rural south tyrol and saw a picture IN A LOCAL MAGAZINE of two folk dressed up for a festival like native americans with brown make up all over their faces. fucking outrageous.