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 A light beige paint named "skin colour" has sparked a debate over racism at one school in Sweden. (iStock) A Swedish teenager has filed a complaint against a paint company after discovering a light beige shade of paint labeled "skin colour" at school.

"By renaming beige to skin colour, they show that there is a whiteness norm in society," said the 14-year-old girl, who was identified only as Thyra, to Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper. "It is completely sick that they just rename beige to skin colour when black and brown are also that."

The student has filed an official complaint against Universal Color and Chemicals with Sweden's Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen), a government agency which acts to eliminate discrimination and promote equal rights.

The company has yet to respond to the complaint, but Afdonbladet reports that Thyra's actions have sparked an important debate on racism within her school.

According to the teen's father, Thyra was motivated, in part, by her younger sister.

"Her little sister has brown skin," said her father, whose name was not given. "But according to the paint manufacturer she has no skin colour... I think (the company) just looked at themselves and imagined that's what skin was."

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