Human Rights & Public Liberties

Human Rights & Public Liberties

Published on: 13 Jan, 2021

Is ‘Black Pete’ a racist caricature?

Published on: 6 December, 2020

The character is highly controversial, as the figure is usually portrayed by a white person wearing blackface makeup with exaggerated lips and an afro wig.

Black people say it is a racist caricature, but defenders say it is a harmless tradition.

In a year of Black Lives Matter protests, is it time to give up this divisive figure?

Presenter: Imran Khan


Mitchell Esajas – Activist at the Anti-Black Pete Movement

Tracy Bibo-Tansia – Political scientist and activist focusing on gender and race

Patrick Vernon – Cultural historian