This image depicts a representation of Black Peter located in the bottom left corner of the image.
The legend of Black Peter, or Zwarte Piet in Dutch, began in 15th century Holland. He is depicted as a Spanish Moor, reflecting Spain’s occupation of the Netherlands at the time, and he was often portrayed as a pirate who kidnapped naughty Dutch children and took them to his pirate’s hideout to beat them.
In a majority of descriptions of Black Peter, he is not the servant of St. Nicholas, but his slave. According to the African American Registry (aaregistry.com) Black Peter is also a “Black Face” character.
The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia notes, “Black Peter symbolizes the devil, who was easily associated with people of Moorish decent…The fact that the current Black Peter is a racialized variant of the devil figure and that people (esp. children) are still being taught, through the celebrations and rituals, to ‘easily associate’ evilness and Black Peter with people of color, is exactly the problem.”