Racism and Blackfacing at the Saxony Carnival Parade

In the town of Bad Schandau, Saxony, a group of four carnival dancers paraded through the streets on Saturday, causing outrage with their scandalous behavior. The dancers had their faces and hands painted black, curly hair wigs, and bright red lips, wearing African-inspired dresses. One of the men in the group held a sign that read “The long snake from the savannah,” an apparent 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 attention for its controversial behavior, which has become a pattern for the small town’s participants. Last year, they featured a Rainbow Man on a torture post while Winnetou danced on an “asylum ranch.” In 2020, they displayed a severed papier-mâché head of Greta Thunberg on their float. This year’s portrayal of Blackfacing was seen as particularly offensive by many people.

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. They even used an outdated print of a chocolate kiss packaging when they were still called “Negro kisses.”

The group left room for interpretation with their portrayal of German politician Annalena Baerbock by disguising rats next to her with a message that said “Annalena dreams of a green life but only rats stick to her glue pot.” Their latest actions have sparked outrage and condemnation from many people who believe that their behavior is racially insensitive and offensive.

In conclusion, Bad Schandau’s carnival has become infamous for its controversial behavior over the years. While some may find it amusing or entertaining to engage in racially insensitive displays such as Blackfacing or using offensive imagery in costumes or posters, these behaviors are not acceptable in today’s society where diversity and inclusivity are essential values that must be upheld at all times.

By Editor

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