In the small town of Bad Schandau, Saxony, four carnival dancers paraded with their faces and hands painted black, curly hair wigs, and bright red 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 in Bad Schandau attracted negative attention once again due to its controversial and offensive behavior. 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 time around, the group 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also wore traditional African dresses and depicted black cartoon people on posters and in their costumes including an outdated print of a chocolate kiss packaging when they were still called “Negro kisses.”
The group also left room for interpretation with their portrayal of German politician Annalena Baerbock where disguised rats next to her left a message that said “Annalena dreams of a green life but only rats stick to her glue pot.” The latest actions by these fools have sparked outrage and condemnation as they continue to engage in racially insensitive displays. It seems like this pattern of behavior will continue despite calls for change and accountability.