“If you are black or brown: please leave this town!” reads a crude racist message left on a parked car in Snæfellsnes on June 12th.
Sara Magnúsar, a DJ based in Iceland, reported the hateful message on Facebook. She was driving with Magnús Secka to a farm in Snæfellsnes for a summer holiday. When they returned to the parked car having briefly got out, they found the message which credited a blatantly bigoted fake news website. Sara did not name the precise location of the parked car in the Facebook post, explaining that “this could have happened anywhere.”
Sara described the message as “very disturbing and terrible”, calling for Icelanders to fight against this kind of bigotry.
Once again, this incident serves as a grim reminder that the #blacklivesmatter movement is relevant beyond the borders of the United States – racism is alive and well in Iceland.
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