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Two students from Lund University in southern Sweden have sparked accusations of racism after coming to a party with black-painted faces

Source: The Local.se

Lund students in new ‘racist’ blackface outrage

Two students from Lund University in southern Sweden have sparked accusations of racism after coming to a party with black-painted faces, reminding some of a mock slave auction from 2011 that drew international condemnation.

The students were imitating Jamaican reggae singers at an initiation party for new members of the Technology Management student association, which consists of about 80 masters students studying economy and technology.

The pair had used make-up to paint their faces black, and while other members of the club did not react to the interpretation of Jamaicans, others were left seeing red.

Kalle Wigren, a former Lund University student and lifelong resident of the town in southern Sweden, chanced upon the spectacle and was gobsmacked.

“I reacted so strongly because it reminded me of the slave auction at Hallands nation two years ago,”

he told The Local.

“The university said after the slave auction that it would work hard to prevent similar incidents in the future. But it’s happened again.”

Back in April 2011, two student associations at Lund University were reported for hate speech after a party that featured the sale of “slaves” complete with blackened faces and ropes around their necks. News of the incident made headlines around the world.

Read the full story on The Local.se.

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