Just as China is facing increasing criticism for its failure to contain the coronavirus epidemic, or even warn the rest of the world of its ability to rapidly infect large populations, the People’s Republic is getting hit with another public relations nightmare —its blatant, and apparently ingrained racism.
It makes one wonder if Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James will correct his embarrassing praise of the communist regime a meme six months earlier.
Last week Axios reported that an increasing number of African nations are reporting that their citizens living and working in China are being targeted for extraordinary COVID-19 testing, quarantined for no reason, and evicted from their residences.
In some cases, Africans have even been denied access to facilities otherwise open to the public. A McDonald’s in one locale reportedly posted a notice that said, "We’ve been informed that from now on black people are not allowed to enter the restaurant."
Washington Post columnist Isaac Stone Fish tweeted, "Awful things are happening in south China's Guangzhou, where police are ordering bars and restaurants not to serve black people, and officials launching mandatory testing and self-quarantine for anyone with 'African' contacts."
About a dozen African nations reached out to Communist officials seeking a response.
"The singling out of Africans for compulsory testing and quarantine, in our view, has no scientific or logical basis and amounts to racism towards Africans in China," wrote African ambassadors in Beijing in a joint letter sent to China's Foreign Ministry,
In a separate complaint, the speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives tweeted a video of himself pressing the Chinese ambassador on the issue.
"It’s almost undiplomatic the way I’m talking, but it’s because I’m upset about what’s going on," Femi Gbajabiamila said, according to The Associated Press.
China’s response was typical for the communist regime: they denied the problem even existed.
"China has zero tolerance for racial discrimination," the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe tweeted in an introduction to its official statement. "It is harmful to sensationalize isolated incidents," the statement said. "To misrepresent this as tensions between nations and races is dangerous."
So . . . the Africans were merely being overly-sensitive?
Quartz reported that in 2017, a high-ranking Chinese Communist Party official warned that Guangdong's African population was growing, and that "black brothers often travel in droves; they are out at night out on the streets, nightclubs, and remote areas."
He feared that China was changing from "a yellow country to a black-and-yellow country.”
But as it turns out, it’s not just an isolated incident here, or an government official there. A recent TV ad suggests that racism is ingrained within Chinese society.
The Washington Examiner’s Siraj Hashmi posted a Chinese commercial for a laundry detergent that comes in individual packets, similar to Tide Pods. He described it as "Arguably the most racist ad I've ever seen."
In it, a young Chinese woman is seen placing a load of laundry into her washer as a black man enters the room and gives her a wolf whistle.
She beckons him closer, and when he leans back against the washing machine, she pops a detergent pod into his mouth, pushes him inside, and closes the lid.
Thirty minutes later the black man has been transformed into a Chinese, to the delight of the woman.
Last October Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for Hong Kong students who were demonstrating against Beijing, a move that CNN believed could have created "substantial damage with the NBA's growing relationship with China."
While talking to reporters, LeBron James blasted Money. "I just think that when you're misinformed or you're not educated about something — and I'm just talking about the tweet itself — you never know the ramifications that can happen. We all see what that did -- not only for our league but for all of us in America, for people in China as well," he said.
James added, "I probably won’t talk about it again....We’re not politicians. It’s a huge political thing, but we are leaders and we can step up at times."
The Daily Caller shot back, "Guess he just can’t step up this time."
Nor is he likely to.
China is neither a friend to James nor to the NBA. The Communist Party is using them for its own amusement, and James and the NBA are only too willing to prostitute themselves in return for their own enrichment.
If the regime’s duplicity in the coronavirus pandemic didn’t convince them, it’s blatant racism should have.
Add to that the communist regime’s record of currency manipulation, corporate theft, and military espionage, and James should realize that China is our greatest geopolitical enemy.
As my friend Stacey recently observed, "Commies gotta commie."
Add to that, bigots gotta bigot.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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