Europe Is the Dutch 'Black Pete' racist? Legally, not yet.

As the Christmas season begins, many people dress up as Santa Claus helper 'Black Pete' by donning blackface and curly wigs. Opponents were disappointed when a Dutch court refused to rule on whether that violates antidiscrimination laws.

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Opponents of "Black Pete," the black-faced helper to the Dutch Santa Claus, hit a setback Wednesday when the Netherlands' highest administrative court refused to rule on whether the character was racist.