China vows crackdown against racist videos after BBC exposé


A top Chinese diplomat for Africa has condemned a racist video made for consumption by Chinese netizens and exposed by the BBC’s Africa Eye investigation.

The video, made two years ago, showed black children in Malawi being made to read out derogatory statements about themselves in Mandarin.

Wu Peng, director-general in the Department of African Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs China, said his country was against discrimination.

“China has been cracking down on those unlawful online acts in the past years,” he tweeted. “We’ll continue to crack down on such racial discrimination videos in the future.”

In February 2020 a shocking video began to circulate on Chinese social media. A group of African children are being instructed, by a voice off-camera, to chant phrases in Chinese.

The kids repeat the words with smiles and enthusiasm — but they don’t understand that what they’re being told to say is “I am a black monster and my IQ is low.”

The clip ignited outrage in China and beyond. (Source: BBC)