I'm American, considering taking a job in the Netherlands. My research into living into the Netherlands has predominantly been great, except for one very worrisome thing. Zwarte Piet. I was looking at schools for my young son and saw several pictures of them celebrating this and there were several teachers in black face. It's one thing to have read about it, but it was a bit staggering to see that it is truly a common part of the culture.
I am white, my wife is black and our two sons are a pleasantly tan color (but in comparison to your prototypical white person, they would readily be considered black).
In preparation for possibly moving there, how do I properly address something that I find, and my wife finds even more so, offensive but is just a fairly common part of the culture?
I'm not even fully sure how to explain why it's offensive/racist, I'm sure my wife could better explain it. To add to the possible difficulty, coworkers who haven't interacted with my family may have no idea my wife and children are black (not that it matters, but it seems like that might give more credence to my claims that it's offensive in their eyes).