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Chinese bring their Racism to Africa; Calls for laws to criminalize Racism throughout Africa. Chinese Supermarket shut down in Nigeria.

The authorities in Abuja have shut down a Chinese-owned supermarket in Nigeria’s capital over allegations that it denies entry to African shoppers.

The relationship between Africa and China has deepened significantly in recent years, marked by extensive economic ties and infrastructure projects. However, amidst this growing partnership, there’s a troubling undercurrent: reports of racism and discrimination experienced by Africans in their own countries.

Understanding Chinese Racism in Africa: An urgent call for laws to criminalize Racism throughout Africa.

Chinese racism in Africa manifests in various forms, including discriminatory practices in the workplace, unequal treatment, and instances of prejudice in social interactions. These experiences are often rooted in stereotypes and stupidity exhibited by Chinese immigrants in African Nations.  While Africans are renowned for their hospitality toward all types of immigrants, Chinese immigrants take advantage of African kindness and hospitality.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before their meeting in Beijing on April 13, 2016.

During the Pandemic, hundreds of African migrant workers, traders, and students in the southern city of Guangzhou, home to Asia’s largest African diaspora, were tossed out onto the street—some by their landlords, some by hotel managers, and some by Chinese local officials. Chinese racism towards Africans is unique, diabolic, and barbaric in the 21st century.

One of the primary drivers of Chinese racism in Africa is the influx of Chinese nationals into the continent for business, investment, and employment opportunities. This influx has increased tensions over labor practices, resource exploitation, and cultural clashes. Moreover, the power asymmetry between China and many African nations can exacerbate instances of discrimination, as Africans may feel powerless to confront or challenge Chinese prejudice and racist behaviors.

Empowering Africans to Address Chinese Racism both and abroad

While addressing Chinese racism in African nations requires a multifaceted approach involving government policies, diplomatic initiatives, and international cooperation, empowering Africans themselves MUST  confront and combat discrimination from any immigrant in any African Nation. Here are several strategies through which Africans can take proactive steps to tackle this issue:

  1. Education and Awareness: Promoting education and awareness about racism and its impact is essential in empowering Africans to recognize and challenge discriminatory behavior. Educational initiatives, workshops, and community dialogues can foster greater understanding and solidarity among Africans, enabling them to identify racist behavior and report it to authorities.
  2. Grassroots Activism: Grassroots movements and civil society organizations play a vital role in amplifying the voices of marginalized communities and holding both governments and private entities accountable for their actions. By organizing protests, campaigns, and advocacy efforts, Africans can pressure authorities to address instances of Chinese racism and enact policies and laws that criminalize any form of racism directed towards Africans by any Immigrants.
  3. Economic Empowerment: Economic empowerment initiatives, such as entrepreneurship programs and vocational training, can enhance the socioeconomic status of African communities and reduce their dependence on foreign investment and employment opportunities. By building economic resilience and self-sufficiency, Africans can assert greater control over their livelihoods and reduce vulnerabilities to exploitation and discrimination by racist Chinese and other immigrants in Africa.
  4. Legal Protections and Enforcement: Strengthening legal protections against discrimination and ensuring their effective enforcement are crucial in safeguarding the rights of Africans living in African nations. Governments must enact comprehensive antidiscrimination laws and establish mechanisms for reporting and addressing instances of racism. Additionally, empowering judicial institutions and providing access to legal aid can ensure that victims of discrimination receive justice and restitution.

PHOTO: An African trader at a photo shop to have some prints made of photos to send back home, Dec. 17, 2008, in Guangzhou, China.

By adopting a proactive and multifaceted approach, Africans can empower themselves to confront and address Chinese racism in their countries and contribute to fostering a more inclusive and equitable society. While the challenges ahead are significant, the resilience and solidarity of African communities offer hope for a future free from discrimination and prejudice. Africans are currently subjected to racism across the globe; the only place that Africans should feel safe is in Africa. No matter the price, Africans should never allow any racist immigrant to enter, work, or reside in any African nation.

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