In the small town of Bad Schandau, Saxony, four carnival dancers paraded with their faces painted black and curly hair wigs, wearing African-looking dresses. One of them held a sign that read “The long snake from the savannah,” which was an obvious reference to refugees from Africa. However, this display was not intended to be funny; it was seen as pure racism. The group of four was part of the around 400 carnival participants in Saxony who paraded through Bad Schandau on Saturday, drawing attention for their scandalous behavior.
This year’s carnival in Bad Schandau has sparked outrage and condemnation after they engaged 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 also left a lot of room for interpretation with their portrayal of German politician Annalena Baerbock, where the disguised rats next to her left a message that said “Annalena dreams of a green life, but only the rats stick to her glue pot.” This pattern of controversial and offensive behavior has been ongoing at the carnival for several years now. In 2020, they displayed a severed papier-mâché head of Greta Thunberg on a float. Last year they featured a Rainbow Man on a torture post while Winnetou danced on an “asylum ranch.” It seems like the organizers have not learned from their previous mistakes and continue to engage in racially insensitive displays.
The Foundation Against Racism has condemned this behavior stating that it is unacceptable and should be stopped immediately. It is important that we recognize and address instances of racism whenever they occur in order to create a more inclusive society for all individuals.
In conclusion, the latest actions taken by these carnival participants have sparked outrage among many individuals who believe that such behavior is unacceptable in today’s society. It is crucial that we work together to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and respected regardless of their race or background.