The row centres around the exhibition 'This is Colonialism' and the museum's decision to restrict white people from entering a small section of the display
Police officers are gathered in front of the Zeche Zollern museum in Dortmund, the focus of what social networks are describing as a racism scandal.
The row centres around the exhibition 'This is Colonialism' and the museum's decision to restrict white people from entering a small section of the display. For several months now, Saturdays at the museum have been reserved for black people and people of colour to explore a colonialism exhibition
The museum claims the objective is not to be discriminatory, but to reserve a safe space for reflection for non-whites.
"This is about an affected group, so the request is that the affected people can also be themselves and talk among themselves... that's the approach, to discuss a topic for oneself and with oneself and then just be free from other people," said Barbara Rüschoff-Parzinger of the Department of Culture for the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe.
The exhibition, which explores Westphalia's colonial past, has been open to the public for months.
But, the scandal broke out a few days ago after a video was released in which a white journalist from a radio station was not allowed to enter.