Yet another update on the SCMP article that claims, “Beijing authorities are secretly planning to ban black people and others it considers social undesirables from entering the city’s bars during the Olympic Games” (or even sooner, given the comments of one bar owner quoted in a follow-up story). From the SCMP:
The Foreign Ministry yesterday denied reports that bars in a popular entertainment area in Beijing had been ordered not to serve black people and Mongolians. “The report was without any foundation,” spokesman Liu Jianchao was quoted as saying by China News Service. Beijing’s Public Security Bureau said officers from its station at Sanlitun – one of the capital’s prime bar districts – never told bar owners not to serve guests from any particular country or territory, Mr Liu said. All bars in Sanlitun were serving foreigners as usual, he added. Last week the South China Morning Post quoted bar owners in the area as saying they had been forced to sign an agreement that they would not serve black-skinned people. Bar owners near the Workers’ Stadium said they had been warned not to admit black people and others considered social undesirables. The sources were reluctant to go on the record. The Post also reported that the Sanlitun police had denied they were conducting a racist campaign ahead of the Games.
So, here’s the scorecard.
SCMP: There is a plan.
The government: There is no plan.
As noted in several posts (see bottom), I found little evidence to back the SCMP claim. As several readers point out, this does not disprove the newspaper’s claim or mean Beijing has a rosy history of bar scene race relations, not with prejudice toward blacks, friction caused by black drug dealers, and a significant police action last fall. But as other media are not revealing supporting evidence for the SCMP claim, this suggests the newspaper might have gotten off to – in sporting terms – a false start.
By the way, Isn’t it just like Sanlitun to be the midst of yet another heartwarming story?
- Sanlitun Saturday night: Blacks enjoy drinks, play pool, apparently wait ban
- Um, really? Update on SCMP story II
- Um, really? Update on SCMP story
- Um, really? SCMP claims Beijing to ban blacks, Mongolians at bars
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