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Black circumcision cake in Sweden the real story

Cartoon stereotyped circumcision cake designed by black Swedish artist Makode Linde, freedom of art speech or stereotype reinforcement?

Cartoon stereotyped Swedish circumcision cake designed by black Swede Makode Linde
Circumcision Cake

Black circumcision cake in Sweden the real story

Sweden's culture minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth on Saturday, April 14, 2012, during an art exhibit cut up a cake baked into the shape of a cartoon stereotyped African woman. As the head of Sweden’s Ministry of Culture, she was responsible for issues relating to culture, media, democracy, human rights at the national level, the national minorities and the language and culture of the indigenous people of Scandinavia.

The Ministry is also responsible for anti-discrimination work and issues concerning civil society, and faith communities. The incident involving Liljeroth happened at the Moderna Museet Museum in Stockholm in honor of World Art Day. According to the cakes artist Makode Linde, who is black Swede born in Stockholm said the cake was misunderstood.

The cake was supposed to highlight the issue of female circumcision. The cake was in the shape of the naked upper body of a very black African woman filled with a blood-red sponge cake. Linde painted his own face black with wide red lips outlined in a white dotted with sharp crooked white teeth. Linde used his own head complete with dreadlocks, in place of the cakes head.

With each slice of cake, Linde would scream in mock pain to simulate the pain of girls who undergo female circumcision. The Association for African Swedes said it was a crude racist caricature. Kitimbwa Sabuni, a spokesperson for the Association for African Swedes, said, "To say that you did this for a good cause only makes the mockery of people who are victims of racism and of circumcision worse."

Liljeroth said, "It was a bizarre situation. I was invited to speak at World Art Day about the freedom of art and the right to be provocative, and then they asked me to cut up the cake." Liljeroth served as Sweden’s Minister for Culture from October 2006 until October 2014. The current culture minister of Sweden is Alice Bah Kuhnke who grew up in SmÃ¥land, Sweden with her Gambian father and Swedish mother.


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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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