China keeps on impressing me. And this slogan is starting to seem really fascist to me. Whose dream are we talking about anyhow?
It was reported on Friday that bar owners in Sanlitun, a sort of Lan Kwai Fong-ish area in Beijing (very Cow Hollow for you SF people or Meat Packing District for you New Yorkers… PB for those in SD) have been ordered not to serve blacks during the Olympics.
The bar owners claim that that have been forced to sign and chop documents pledging that they would not serve black people.
Of course the police are denying that this is true, but why would the bar owners say this if they had not been strong-armed into some sort of strange arrangement? Could they be trying to eliminate a certain clientele without taking the racist blame? Seems odd, but I suppose possible.
Some of the bars have not been targeted, saying that “Black guys can come in and drink as long as they have valid visas, but we have to watch out for black guys acting suspiciously, such as constantly talking on their mobile phones. The aim is to crack down on drug dealing.”
Uh-oh. This is not looking good if that is the best spin they have got.
I find this especially troubling since the drug dealers in Hong Kong are as often Chinese as any other race, and the assumption that someone on their mobile phone constantly is a drug dealer is particularly perplexing as I have never seen people so permanently attached to their cell phones as I have in Asia. So how come if you are on your phone and black you are a drug dealer?
I anticipate some serious backlash here. [Come on, a girl can dream…..]