When the Greens “go black”

Or why an insensitive election poster is giving the German left a bad case of the blues

IT SEEMED LIKE SUCH a clever idea. Why not poke fun at Germany’s traditional color-coded party spectrum and at the same time make a plea for cultural diversity and racial tolerance? Doesn’t that sound like a very “Green” sort of thing to do? So when the local Green Party organization in the small town of Kaarst on the Lower Rhine unveiled its new campaign poster for the September 27 elections, it got a good laugh at party headquarters. 

But now that it’s hanging on buildings and lampposts all across town, not everybody thinks it’s so funny…



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