Last updated 2 months ago by Michael Darmanin
Since Zwarte Piet is around the corner, most of you might actually not be aware of the history and controversy behind this tradition in the Netherlands. So, lets dig a bit into the story of this diverse figure before the event takes place.
The traditional Dutch holiday story involves a Sinterklaas, accompanied by a Zwarte Piet, who visits homes to bring presents and treats to children on the eve of 5th December every year. However, his helper, Zwarte Piet, has been a topic of controversy for several decades.
How it is celebrated today
Sinterklaas, portrayed as an elderly white man, arrives by ship and rides a white horse through parades across the Netherlands, hundreds of adults and children dress up as his helper, Zwarte Piet. Impersonators don blackface and black curly wigs, protruding red lips, and often large golden earrings to complete the look. It is this character, and the traditional depiction, which has continued to draw criticism not only from within the Netherlands, but also from across the world, calling the tradition racial discrimination and inappropriate, especially from the Netherlands since it had a violent colonial past.
Today, Zwart Tech, a big name in the Tech industry is playing an important role to remove the stigma around this word. They have been brave enough to name their company “Zwart Tech” and the team is adamant to stop racial discrimination not only in the Netherlands but across the globe.
This is why Zwart Tech deserves all the appreciation!
This IT outsourcing and outstaffing company is playing an important role to make this society a better place for everyone to live in. Zwart Tech is actually delivering what it promised and their diverse workforce is just an example. They stand by their zero discrimination policy in the workplace. Everyone is welcomed to join their team regardless of race, color, cast or religion.
Moreover, Zwart Tech is recognized in the market for introducing companies to the untapped IT talent in Africa. Skilled tech talents in developing nations are not blessed with as many quality job opportunities as their counterparts in the economically developed nations. Therefore, they have built tools and systems that provide Africa-based software engineers with access to quality international job opportunities without leaving their loved ones. Working with them means making a difference where it truly matters!
To know more about their social contributions across the continents, head over to their website
Here’s what Mr. Nelson TA, the founder of Zwart Tech has to say,
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