In the United States of America, Pete has largely been removed from the narratives in Europe where he is basically Santa Clause (Sinterklaas) assistant and enforcer. While many suggest that Blackface is racist and seek for non-Black Europeans or so-called Whites to end the practice, many of the Moors in America point to these practices as a reference as to their true race and nationality as “Moors”. In America, such information is largely esoteric, its as if the Europeans or White Americans do not want Black or African Americans to acknowledge or be aware of their well documented Moorish History.
Whites whether from America and Africa commonly come to the Murakush Society facebook page making comments suggesting that the Moors were not Black in color or complexion. This does not seem to be something that actual Europeans have a problem admitting. I find it comical because it shows that European American’s and European North Africans are just as ignorant as many Black or African Americans about Moorish history. Both groups have become dumber based on the white-controlled educational leadership in the country when it comes to the origins of Black or African Americans. Good news is the actually educated counterparts of White Americans know very well why Black Pete as they call him in Europe is said to have been from Spain and why Europeans dress in Spanish Moor outfits and paint their faces Black. I’ve seen movies where the narrative turns Pete the Moor into a non-human monster with some sort of evil agenda. In the Dutch narrative, Pete punishes the naughty and takes them back to Spain. “In Central European folklore, Father Christmas is often said to have captured a demon and put him to work as an aide. The character of Krampus, a horned devil who punishes the naughty, is a loose Germanic equivalent of Black Pete, although far more malevolent than his Low Country counterpart.” See Black Pete: Who is the ‘racist’ Christmas character sparking clashes in the Netherlands?
The other aspect of this story often overlooks the fact that the original Santa Claus is historically known as Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas was from what is now modern-day Turkey, while Americans teach their children that Santa Clause lives in the North Pole. It is said he was a Bishop involved with the historical council of Nicaea, where it was determined that the birth of Jesus Christ would be celebrated on December 25th. The final point as to Saint Nicholas is that it appears he was also a Moor. See SANTA CLAUS WAS AN EUROPEAN MOOR – BY OGUEJIOFO ANNU “Black Pete’s origins are more problematic. There are suggestions that he started life as a Moorish servant from Spain, a Turkish orphan rescued by St Nick, or an Ethiopian slave freed by him. Some, squirming with embarrassment, explain that Black Pete gets black from soot coming down the chimney. If so it doesn’t explain why he looks like a Victorian colonialist’s supposedly humorous caricature of a black person. But perhaps Black Pete’s origins lie further back and raise even more concerns about today’s portrayal.” See A Christmas controversy by Mark Mardell