Ok, this will be THE last post of the day! I was just about to shut my laptop off, when I received an email from frequent contributor to this blog, Sergio, with a link to the below article. And I had to share it. Read on and you'll see why!
And we all thought racial profiling in the USA was extreme... not quite, say the Chinese! The irony in all this is that they're practicing a kind of neo-colonialism in Africa currently (without much resistance from African heads of state, mind you). Then again, maybe it's not really ironic. With both acts used as measures, it's clear how they percieve "us."
Here ya go:
- Beijing authorities are secretly planning to ban black people and others it considers social undesirables from entering the city's bars during the Olympic Games, a move that would contradict the official slogan, "One World, One Dream".
Bar owners near the Workers' Stadium in central Beijing say they have been forced by Public Security Bureau officials to sign pledges agreeing not to let black people enter their premises.
"Uniformed Public Security Bureau officers came into the bar recently and told me not to serve black people or Mongolians," said the co-owner of a western-style bar, who asked not to be named.
The local authorities have been cracking down on blacks and Mongolians in an attempt to stamp out drug dealing and prostitution ahead of the Games, the proprietors said.
A few months ago, police launched a violent sting on black men drinking in the Sanlitun bar district, and a notorious nightclub largely populated by Mongolian prostitutes was also shut down...
The pledges that Sanlitun bar owners had been instructed to sign agreed to stop a variety of activities in their establishments, including dancing and serving customers with black skin, they said.
They have been allowed to keep copies of all the pledges except those relating to blacks, implying that the authorities are wary of charges of racism.
Read the rest here: GETTING RID OF THE 'UNDESIRABLES' IN CHINA