Swedish Minister Embroiled in Racism Row over Black Woman Cake

Publication Date:
18 April 2012

Sweden's culture minister faced furious calls to resign after she was pictured cutting a 'racist' black cake designed like a native African woman.
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth had appeared at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm when she was invited to cut the cake which was designed like a naked African woman.
The Swedish minister cut pieces from the black cake, which had blood-red sponge and was designed to highlight the issue of female genital mutilation.
Despite the intentions of the bizarre cake, however, critics described it as a 'racist spectacle', and demanded Ms Liljeroth resigned for participating in the 'tasteless' event.
The Association for African Swedes said the cake was a crude racist caricature which 'makes a mockery of racism'.


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