For the past few days, there has been videos trending in social media regarding black people being evicted from their apartments and hotels in China into the streets. This follows reports that peoples of African origin have been accused of spreading the novel Coronavirus due to their refusal to observe social distancing.
Last week, the Kenya Foreign Ministry submitted a formal grievance to the government of China regarding the discrimination of Kenyan citizens in China. Whereas this will appear that only Kenyans are being targeted, this is not entirely true as this is the tip of an iceberg. The Chinese government is actually targeting all individuals with an African descent or whoever is black.
This is because there has been several countries around the world that has raised complains to the Chinese Communist Government about the ill-treatment of their citizens. The discrimination of black people in China is more prevalent in the southern Chinese province of Guangzhou where the police have been accused of advising all restaurants not to serve black people. The black residents of Guangzhou have been forced into mandatory quarantine and testing for the novel Corona virus that causes the COVID-19 pandemic. Interestingly, black Africans have been blamed for the spread of this infectious disease as they stand accused of violation social distancing directives.
On April 14, 2020, the largest fast food restaurant in the world, Mcdonalds Inc, issued an apology as a poster in one of its restaurants in Guangzhou was trending on social media around the world. In that particular poster (shown below), it is noted that black people are not allowed in restaurants and that concerned citizens are advised to contact the police.
There has been tensions between black residents and the city of Guangzhou’s police recently including the forced eviction of blacks as China increasingly becomes weary of imported Corona virus cases from around the world. Guangzhou has the largest number of African residents in China who enter the country with short-term visa with hopes of brokering wholesale products for stocking their businesses back home in Africa. Due to their short stay, it is almost impossible to accurately estimate the number of blacks residing in this city but according to CNN, it is estimated that nearly 350,000 Africans left and entered China via Guangzhou in 2017.