In Bad Schandau, Saxony, four carnival dancers paraded through the town on Saturday with their faces and hands painted black, curly hair wigs, and bright red lips. Dressed in African-looking outfits, the group held a sign that read “The long snake from the savannah,” an obvious reference to refugees from Africa. However, their behavior was not intended to be funny; instead, it was seen as pure racism. The group of four was part of the around 400 carnival participants in Saxony who drew attention for their scandalous behavior.
This was not the first time that the small town’s carnival had attracted negative attention. 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, 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dresses, gold jewelry, Afro wigs and depicted black cartoon people on posters and in their costumes including an outdated print of chocolate kiss packaging when they were still called ‘Negro kisses’.
The group of fools also left room for interpretation with their portrayal of German politician Annalena Baerbock where disguised rats next to her left a message saying ‘Annalena dreams of green life but only rats stick to 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.