Racism and Blackfacing at the Saxony Carnival Parade

In Bad Schandau, Saxony, a group of four carnival dancers paraded with their faces and hands painted black, curly hair wigs, and bright red, oversized lips. They were dressed in African-looking dresses and carried 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.

The group was part of the around 400 carnival participants in Saxony who paraded through Bad Schandau on Saturday. The town’s carnival has attracted negative attention before, including featuring a Rainbow Man on a torture post last year and a severed papier-mâché head of Greta Thunberg in 2020. This year, they 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.

The group left room for interpretation with their portrayal of German politician Annalena Baerbock by disguising her as rats next to her left a message that said “Annalena dreams of a green life but only the rats stick to her glue pot.” The carnival participants have been known for their controversial and offensive behavior over the years, sparking outrage and condemnation as they continue to engage in racially insensitive displays.

By Editor

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