By: Daniel Otero
China has been missing the point with its brand new openness. As things get better, so is the way we ought to treat others.
It’s important to understand that all ethnicities and cultures have something to teach, offer, give and show us through positive experiences.
This is one important factor to be added into the Chinese educational-system and its ethic curriculum on behavior. Treat everybody as you want to be treated and this means, treat all fairly.
And we must remember, racism is taught. We’re not born racist.
Sometimes I get so angry when I hear a parent in Chinese tell his or her child with prejudice, “There’s a foreigner, if you don’t behave he’ll take you away!”
My blood boils at the stupidity of the comment. It even makes me angrier when I hear ignorant comments against Africans.
Case in point, there was a “Qiaobi” detergent commercial showing an African and the female places him into the washing machine. Then, ouala! When the machine finished wishing, out came an Asian with lighter-skin. Making this T.V. commercial disgustingly racist in everyway!
Moreover, there needs to be an understanding from the actor working in China. As a person with my values and dignity, I won’t lend myself to do a commercial that treats me inhumanely or ridicules my background nationwide. Teaching stupid examples to others on how people are ignorantly stereotyped!
One has to wonder the level of insensitivity—when people are taught to discriminate those of darker tone and treat them as lesser people. Where’s the humanity in all of this?
Then, this past December, 2015 there were emergency drills against terrorism done in Hangzhou University, Zhejiang. Who were the people used as ‘terrorist’? Those were the foreign students of darker color and ethnicity. No Chinese were used, denying the fact of extremism and especially in China; when past attacks have been perpetrated by extremist Chinese-Muslims.
How many institutions in China racially deny work to Africans? A good majority, it’s sad and damn appalling the level of ignorance shown by organizations which don’t respect darker ethnic-groups and even less—those whom are African.
Now, with all that’s being taught about better behavior on behalf of the Chinese here and worldwide; it’s important to again start teaching about improved treatment for those of different skin color.
I already come from a country which holds deep prejudices towards African-Americans. I didn’t come here to see it also in the Chinese people.
Therefore, it’s not only those who are blond hair, blue eyes and young to be accepted into China. However, all those who can work competently to better not only China, but bring together a world in dire need of greater human relations.
So, it’s developing country, developing economy and manners; you can’t have one without the other. They do go hand in hand.