My WeChat subscriptions account and the news are filled with these headlines:
I know by writing this article how you may take this and how I may be viewed by the general public. But somebody had to say something and I have waited long enough for somebody to say something yet nobody has come forward. So here I am, saying my peace.
Chinese nationals all over the world are crying foul over the way they being treated ever since this virus surfaced, how they get on public transport and people move away from them, how when they are walking in the street people point at them and move away from them and even worse, stare at them with horrified looks.
How some restaurants have even gone to the point of banning them. Chinese students are suffering at the hands of their classmates and teachers. In a nutshell, everyone wants nothing to do with them, because “they are a virus and they are filthy.”
In my opinion, they are finally getting a taste of their own medicine.
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I am an African, a black African. I walk in the streets of China every day and I get pointed at, they move out of my path when I come as if I will bite them.
When I sit on public transport they cover their mouths as if I smell, they change their seats, they take videos of me, and when I voice out how it makes me feel, IT NEVER MAKES THE HEADLINES.
Instead, they say, oh Chinese people are just curious about you, or, it’s in your head, or better yet: “just ignore them.”
My classes are all in Chinese. I have been doing my major for over 5 years and in those 5 years, I have sat alone. I have been isolated by my own classmates and teachers included. I ask the Chinese nationals why do they treat us like this?
They tell me, well, it’s because Africans are poor and they have Aids. China has a huge HIV+ population yet my people suffer the blame. Does it ever make headlines? NO.
When we complain, the first thing the Chinese people say is, “GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY! THIS IS CHINA!” Now, I wonder, should I say the same thing in this situation?
Maybe the Chinese people need to take a look in the mirror before they cry foul, maybe they need to take their own medicine, their own advice, JUST IGNORE IT. Stop making a spectacle out of the very same things you have been doing to my people.
Recently, a local phone company in China did an advert of Chinese wearing blackface and nobody batted an eye.
On national television (spring festival) there was a Chinese lady wearing blackface and dressed in artificial body features to imitate a black person.
Another advert about a laundry detergent featured a black man in the washer made to look unattractive is shoved by a Chinese woman into a washing machine to get “washed,” who comes out white and attractive. This was all on NATIONAL TELEVISION!
You even go as far as to call us BLACK GHOSTS.
Many job applications clearly state “Whites” (“Europeans”) only, NO BLACKS!
So how dare you speak of racism.
How dare you try to play the victim when you are at the forefront? You go to my motherland and you abuse our kindness and call us names and make fun of our culture, our sacred way of life, where is our Justice!?
I sound like an angry black person because I am. I have been experiencing racism at the hands of Chinese, and I have made peace with the fact that this is how China is.
How about you do the same thing, accept your fate, “just forget about it”? Or maybe you can learn to treat other races with some respect?
What I am saying is, this virus is affecting everyone, and it is a problem for us all, the same thing with Ebola, my people are segregated, quarantined and faced a lot of racism. You are not the only ones going through this.
This is all our fight now. This virus doesn’t see color, doesn’t know about continents or ethnicity, it’s taking everyone. But leave racism out of this, it has no place in this situation, it does not fit.
STOP IT ALREADY.
You didn’t say a word about racism when it was happening every minute of every hour to Africans across China.
Editor’s note: This article was sent to us by one of our readers. Opinions contained within are not necessarily the opinions of ExpatRights. We understand that China has all different kinds of people, and this article isn’t about every single one of them. To those Chinese who have stood up against racism in China, thank you.
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