The German leader joined a group of a carolers for Three Kings´ Day on the steps of the chancellery but raised eyebrows when several of the children appeared in blackface. Traditionally, one of the kings appears with a darkened face as the groups go door-to-door singing carols. Mrs Merkel´s difficulties were added to by news that her coalition partners, the Free Democrat Party (FDP), were sinking in the polls and may not gather enough votes to remain in Parliament.
Comments: Even the Germans?
Three Kings´ Day seems to be going the way of Al Jolson, Amos and Andy, and the Elks´ Minstrel Show of my childhood...
This is ridiculous to even report this. The Germans and Austrians have been doing this for centuries, after all, one of he three kings was black. These idiots should live here in Ecuador where the "Mama Negra" is often on parade in either black face or a black mask with exaggerated red lips. No one complains.
#3: Yeah, I never heard of that until a family member moved to Germany and sent us photos of the Christmas celebrations. It´s a German tradition that´s completely harmless. So, naturally, it will have to go, say the control junkies of the world.
I think it´s rather odd when I see a creche scene with three white kings. One might think it a good thing that kids realize the Three Kings were not all white. (Haven´t been to the opera in way too long -- do opera companies only find dark baritones to sing Verdi´s Otello now, or do they still allow makeup?).
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