Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Slap your child in Blackface

Sometimes you just have to let pictures and articles speak for their selves. Think twice about world wide 'humanitarian' organizations and how they continue to feed people the wrong food under the cloak of 'saving' people.

German Ad Campaign Uses White Children in Blackface to Portray "Uneducated Africans"
This is an actual ad-campaign by UNICEF Germany!

This campaign is "blackfacing" white children with mud to pose as "uneducated africans".

The headline translates "This Ad-campaign developped pro bono by the agency Jung von Matt/Alster shows four german kids who appeal for solidarity with their contemporaries in Afrika"

The first kid says:

"I'm waiting for my last day in school, the children in africa still for their first one."

second kid:

"in africa, many kids would be glad to worry about school"

third kid:

"in africa, kids don't come to school late, but not at all" (!)

fourth kid:

"some teachers suck. no teachers sucks even more."

Besides claiming that every single person in "Africa" isn't educated, and doing so in an extremely patronising way, it is also disturbing that this organisation thinks blackfacing kids with mud (!) equals "relating to african children". Also, the kids' statements ignore the existence of millions of african academics and regular people and one again reduces a whole continent to a village of muddy uneducated uncivilized people who need to be educated (probably by any random westerner). This a really sad regression.

Bottom lines of this campaign are: Black = mud = African = uneducated. White = educated. We feel this campaign might do just as much harm as it does any good. You don't collect money for helping people by humiliating and trivializing them first.

Unfortunately, if it was clear to the average German that this is wrong, UNICEF and the advertising agency wouldn't come out with such a campaign.

Please write your opinion and help make clear and explain why it is wrong to use "blackface with mud", and write to UNICEF at as well as the advertising agency at with a copy to Black German media-watch-orgaiztion what you feel about this campaign and why. Please include a line that you're going to publish your mail and the response.

by the way, the slogan of the advertising agency who came up with this, reads "we communicate on eye-level".


Noah Sow

NOTE: The pictures uploaded here are not in the same order in which they appear on the UNICEF site

Tagged as: unicef, germany, racism, blackface

Malena Amusa is the Communications Associate at the Applied Research Center and co-editor of She has written community profiles and feature stories highlighting people of color for some of the largest newspapers in the world. In the spring of 2006, Malena earned her bachelor’s degree in newspaper journalism from Northwestern University.

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