A racist sticker was affixed to the mirror of an Icelandic family’s car in Snæfellsnes this week, RÚV reports.
Magnús Secka, who is an Icelander of colour, and his mother Sara Magnúsdóttir were travelling around the Snaefellsnes peninsula last weekend and returned to their car to find a sticker adhered to one of the rearview mirrors of their car reading, in English, “If you are black or brown: please leave this town!”
The experience was all the more upsetting because of Magnús’ family’s deep ties to the area. “We own land in Snæfellsnes,” he said. He and his mother met at the Vegamót café and then spent the day sightseeing in the area. When they returned to the café to pick up Magnús’ car, they found the sticker, which also included the url for a racist American website. “I didn’t let it get to me,” said Magnús, “but Mom was angry.” Magnús said this was the first time he’d experienced racism firsthand in Iceland.
Sara shared a photo of the sticker in a Facebook post, which drew considerable outcry and has been shared 1,000 times since. Mother and son have not as of writing made an official report to police about the event and Magnús doesn’t expect that they will. “We hope that this was just an isolated incident.”