According to Hong Kong’s English newspaper the South China Morning Post, Beijing authorities are secretly planning to ban black people, Mongolians, and others it considers social undesirables from entering the city’s bars during the Olympic Games.
The ban will be centered on one of Beijing’s most popular tourist destinations, the Sanlitun bar district.
The news is especially disturbing since the official slogan for the Olympic Games slated to kick off in Beijing next month, is “One World, One Dream.”
The story first appeared on RushmoreDrive.com, a new website for blacks.
Bar owners near the Workers’ Stadium in central Beijing say they have been forced by Public Security Bureau officials to sign pledges agreeing not to let black people enter their premises.
The pledges that Sanlitun bar owners had been instructed to sign agreed to stop a variety of activities in their establishments, including dancing and serving customers with black skin, they said.
A reporter interviewed Beijing bar owners on the alleged ban and found that low-level Beijing cops have been visiting the capital city’s watering holes and warning owners and employees to keep their eye on black patrons. According to one bar owner, police met with Sanlitun bar representatives and told them to monitor black patrons. He said the police told the representatives that drug dealers are predominantly black in the area. He said the police did not ask bar owners to ban blacks.
China’s preeminent English-language media analysis site Danwei didn’t lend credence to the SMCP report, calling the high-level ban “unlikely.” However Jeremy Goldkorn writes on Danwei that “it is highly plausible that some low level cops have issued such instructions, especially with the current state of high alert in Beijing making officials and government agencies paranoid and very nervous about foreigners.”