In Bad Schandau, Saxony, a group of four carnival dancers paraded through the town on Saturday, their faces and hands painted black, curly hair wigs, and bright red lips. They wore 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 who attracted negative attention with their scandalous behavior.
This year’s carnival in Bad Schandau has sparked outrage after the organizers decided to engage in Blackfacing. 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dresses, gold jewelry, Afro wigs, and depicted black cartoon people on posters and in their costumes, including the outdated print of a chocolate kiss packaging when they were still called “Negro kisses.”
The group’s portrayal of German politician Annalena Baerbock left a lot of room for interpretation with disguised rats next to her leaving a message that said “Annalena dreams of a green life but only the rats stick to her glue pot.” This latest action has sparked condemnation as they continue to engage in racially insensitive displays.
Last year’s carnival 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 pattern of controversial and offensive behavior by the carnival participants has drawn attention to their lack of sensitivity towards minority groups.