Patta x KOZP: Zwarte Piet stirs the debate once more
We strongly believe that the tradition of Sinterklaas, the celebration of Sint Nicolas, should be enjoyed by everyone in Belgium, The Netherlands and visitors from abroad. At the moment this is not possible for everyone, as not everyone has said goodbye to the Blackface version of Zwarte Piet/Black Peter. Years and maybe a decade passed since the discussion about his appearance hit the broader news, but the depiction of Zwarte Piet has not yet changed everywhere. We’ve come a long way in Belgium, some cities have already changed the appearance of Piet. Some have not, so the discussion continues once again. Therefore we’re supporting Patta’s latest campaign for KO-Zwarte Piet. We’re selling the T-Shirt they created and all revenue will go the the KOZP Foundation. On the front of the T-Shirt we see an illustration by Patta’s Vincent Van Der Waal and on the back a quote by Parra inspired by the song “The Gas Face” by 3rd Bass, a term used to show disrespect when you put up a “gas face” and in this case towards Blackface.
We’ve asked journalist Jules Bossier to write a pleading article about the matter.