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Racism and Blackfacing at the Saxony Carnival Parade

In the small town of Bad Schandau, Saxony, a group of four carnival dancers paraded on Saturday with their faces and hands painted black, curly hair wigs, and bright red lips. They wore African-looking dresses while carrying a sign that read “The long snake from the savannah,” an obvious reference to refugees from Africa. However, this display was not meant to be funny; it was seen as pure racism.

This year’s carnival in Bad Schandau attracted negative attention due to its controversial behavior. Last year, they featured a Rainbow Man on a torture post while Winnetou danced on an “asylum ranch.” In 2020, the carnival float displayed a severed papier-mâché head of Greta Thunberg. This year, the carnival participants found it amusing to engage in Blackfacing where white people put black paint on their faces.

According to the Foundation Against Racism, Blackfacing is considered racist because it treats the identities and experiences of black people as a costume. The carnival participants also wore traditional African dresses, gold jewelry, Afro wigs and depicted black cartoon people on posters and in their costumes including an outdated print of chocolate kiss packaging when they were still called Negro kisses.

The group of fools left room for interpretation with their portrayal of German politician Annalena Baerbock where disguised rats next to her left a message that said “Annalena dreams of a green life but only rats stick to her glue pot”. The carnival participants seem to have a pattern of controversial and offensive behavior and their latest actions have sparked outrage and condemnation as they continue to engage in racially insensitive displays.

By Editor

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