In Bad Schandau, Saxony, four carnival dancers paraded with their faces and hands painted black, curly hair wigs, and bright red, oversized lips, wearing African-looking dresses. A man in the group held 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 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 has been particularly controversial and offensive for various reasons. The Foundation Against Racism has highlighted that 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dresses, gold jewelry, Afro wigs, and depicted black cartoon people on posters and in their costumes, including an outdated print of a chocolate kiss packaging when they were still called “Negro kisses.”
Additionally, the carnival participants left a lot of 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 the rats stick to her glue pot.” This pattern of controversial behavior seems to continue as the carnival participants engage in racially insensitive displays.
The actions of these fools have sparked outrage and condemnation from many groups who are calling for an end to such offensive behavior at carnivals across Germany. It is crucial to recognize that such displays only perpetuate racism and discrimination towards marginalized communities. We must strive for inclusivity and respect towards all individuals regardless of their race or ethnicity.