So when I saw the following photo, I was caught totally off guard by how blatantly racist the whole scene is.
Black cake, white teeth, a lot of smiling laughing faces in the crowd which look, without any context, like they are making a mockery of black women at the very least. Just looking at the photo, I totally missed that the head of the cake is of a real person.
The lady holding the fork is Swedish minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth. She’s participating in the opening of an art exhibit at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet. The art is supposed to highlight the problem of female circumcision.
On the horrid video above, the artist is screaming as people cut the cake. It’s awful all around.
I get that art is supposed to be shocking, provocative and even offensive at times. But if the goal is to shine the light on genital mutilation and yet the whole conversation is about how racist it is, then the artist missed the mark.
Commentary on genital mutilation should elicit shouts of glee and giddiness. I saw the image on Facebook posted by Adrienne George Lind from the Black Women in Europe blog, and she says there are groups in Sweden who are lashing out against the event, especially the Minister of Culture’s participation.