Cover of Swiss Magazine Draws Accusations of Racism
A Swiss weekly magazine aimed to draw attention to what it presented as the scourge of robberies in Switzerland with a provocative cover of a young, dirty-faced boy pointing a gun at the camera and the headline “The Roma are coming.” It succeeded in being called racist.
The cover, on the German-language magazine Die Weltwoche, unleashed a flood of criticism in Switzerland, Austria and Germany over what many saw as race-based fear-mongering. After the magazine appeared last Thursday, several problems emerged over the weekend with the image itself, deepening the disapproval.
For one thing, the picture is several years old, the German daily newspaper Der Spiegel reported. Also, the gun is a toy, and the boy was photographed playing at a garbage dump in Kosovo.