Dutch PM's opinions on blackface have undergone 'major changes' -- but he's not going to ban it

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the government should not impose a ban on the blackface character of Black Pete.

(CNN)The Dutch Prime Minister has said his views on the national tradition of dressing in blackface to portray the character of "Zwarte Piet," or Black Pete, have undergone "major changes" -- but he won't go as far as banning it.

Mark Rutte made the comments in parliament on Thursday, as anti-racism protestors across the Netherlands took to the streets in reaction to the death of George Floyd. The protests were organized in part by a group called "Black Pete is Racism."
This country with a colonial history has a blackface problem