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Researcher has difficulty to link The Little Mermaid to racism

on Friday morning could passers-by on the Langelinie in Copenhagen see The Little Mermaid have been painted 'Go Fish' - in English 'Racist Fish' - on themselves.

But there is not anything racist in the H. C. Andersen fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid', assesses the Ane Grum-schwensen was. She is a curator at the Odense City Museums, and is employed at the H. C. Andersen Centre at the University of Southern denmark.

- of Course, it is the case with literary texts in general, is that you can read them with many different glasses on.

- however, I have a little difficult to see what should be especially racist in the fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid', says Ane Grum-schwensen was.

Vandalism against The Little Mermaid takes place in a time where there will be a lot of talk about discrimination according to skin color.

the Subject was also up to turn in the 1800s, where H. C. Andersen lived.

There were thus in the degree of discrimination in the Danish writer's time, tell Ane Grum-schwensen was.

- It was something he was aware of, and which he also really took hold in several of his works.

- he did, among other things, in the dramatic work, called 'the Mulatto', which can also be read in many different ways, but which in any case is a contribution to the debate on discrimination on the basis of skin colour, she says.

'the Mulatto' is about a person who is neither black slave or a member of the white upper class.

instead, the main character Horatio an outsider in both worlds.

The last time are several statues both in Denmark and abroad have been subjected to vandalism.

the Vandalism is committed, after that the world over has arisen protests against racism in connection with the killing of the black man George Floyd in the UNITED states.

Primarily it has gone beyond the statues of the former colonists.

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