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Racist Chinese Restaurant: Lagos Gov’t Defends As More Victims Speak Up |RN

                                                     Shi Shi Chinese restaurant

 

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

 

The Lagos State Government, on Tuesday, cleared the Chinese restaurant accused by some Nigerians of racism, even as yet another Nigerian, who was barred from entering the restaurant, spoke to The PUNCH.

The Lagos State Government’s position, made known via a Press statement issued by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Steve Ayorinde, said that findings by its officers sent to “investigate the veracity of the claim” showed that the allegations were false.

“The two officers who went there on Monday did so incognito, and found the allegations to be false.

“The officers were served without any questions or discrimination. They also took photographs without being noticed.

“Our officers also observed that the restaurant had a number of Nigerians working inside there and did similarly observe that pepper soup, a Nigerian delicacy, is also on the menu.

“More importantly, the restaurant has been registered with the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture since 2016, as required by law.”

The ministry which regulates eateries, restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality facilities in Lagos promised to conduct further investigations.

However, findings by our newspaper, which is standing by its report, showed that the restaurant relaxed its obnoxious racist policy after the initial outrage on social media on Sunday.

After our report on Monday, the restaurant threw open its doors to the public.

One of the workers of the company who spoke to our reporter after he was turned back, had admitted that the restaurant took notice of the outrage on social media on Sunday.

A director of the company, Niyi Adegbite, who spoke to our Correspondent on Monday, also refuted the allegations of discrimination but added that the restaurant had two sections: One of the sections is open to the general public, while the other is strictly for Chinese.

According to Adegbite, “The restaurant is divided into two sections. There is one open to the public and there is one called Hot Pot.

“The Hot Pot is where you enter and cook on your own. All the ingredients are made available. But it’s only for Chinese nationals.

“Maybe it’s this one that some people tried entering and were disallowed and is now causing the outcry.”

Joshua Jenom Gidin, who said he was denied entry along with five of his friends last Saturday, said it all seemed like a joke at first when he was told that Blacks would not be let in.

Gidin, who is a journalist with Pulse TV in Lagos, said, “When we got to the gate, we saw some pretty Chinese girls going inside and we even laughed with them.

“When we attempted to go in, they refused to allow us in because we were Black.

“I first thought it was a joke, but when the guards repeated it almost five times, I knew they were serious.

“In order not to cause a scene, we left the place; but I made sure that I scored them low on Google reviews and let the whole world know that they are racists.

“I am sure it was after the negative reviews online and the condemnation on social media that they quickly decided to change their racist policy.”

Obianuju Uba, whose experience was published in one of our earlier reports, found it strange that the government could rush to defend the restaurant.

Uba said, “We know what we witnessed. The government cannot tell us otherwise. Why would I be making spurious allegations against a restaurant?

“If the guards had told us that the restaurant was a members-only establishment, we would have understood and left. But we were told that we would not be allowed in because we are Black. That is truly what happened.

“So, I was confused because I had never experienced such in my life.

“I was shocked that a Nigerian — and not a Chinese — was used as the security guard. The guard even spoke with a Yoruba accent, so I was sure that he was a Nigerian.

“I was pissed off and left, and I walked away while my friends continued to argue with him.”

Blessing Ukeje, a computer programmer who was part of a group that was turned back on Saturday, reiterated that she had visited the restaurant along with four other friends around 8pm on Saturday and that they were turned back because they were Africans.

Ukeje said, “When we were about to enter, a guard asked what we came for and we responded that we were there for Karaoke.

“He told us that they didn’t have a Karaoke bar, but his colleague said they have, and that anyone who wants to enter must enter with Chinese people.

“He said Blacks are not allowed. He said the Blacks that come must come with Chinese people.

“We were all shocked because, even when we travel, we never see such.

“So, I asked him again if he was sure and he said that was the management policy.

“I actually thought I was dreaming. I asked him if he was okay with it as a Black man and he said nothing.

“While we were standing there, we saw Chinese people going in. Two Chinese ladies and two Chinese guys went in. It was after our experience that we decided to expose these people.”

When asked if she was denied entry because of the way they were dressed, Ukeje said, “I was coming from a wedding and I was well dressed. Those people had no excuse for turning us back.

Also speaking with The PUNCH, Akpan Aniefiok, who was barred from entering the restaurant along with his friends, lambasted the state government for defending the restaurant.

Aniefiok, who is a student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, said he and his friends visited many fun spots on the same day without issue.

He said they had no reason to tell lies or unjustly malign anyone’s business.

The final year student said, “We visited three lounges on that fateful day. Why would we unjustly tell lies against the Chinese restaurant? What do we stand to benefit from such?

“What happened on that day was that the security guard told us that we would not be allowed inside because we are Black and that he was following orders.”  (Punch)

 

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2 African-Americans Arrested At Starbucks Get An Apology From Police, CEO |RN

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK
Video by Wochit News 

PHILADELPHIA — Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn’t use the restroom because he wasn’t a paying customer.

He thought nothing of it when he and his childhood friend and business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and were asked if they needed help. The 23-year-old entrepreneurs declined, explaining they were just waiting for a business meeting.

A few minutes later, they hardly noticed when the police came into the coffee shop — until officers started walking in their direction.

“That’s when we knew she called the police on us,” Nelson told The Associated Press in the first interview by the two black men since video of their trespassing arrests April 12 touched off a furor around the U.S. over racial profiling, or what has been dubbed “retail racism” or “shopping while black.”

Nelson and Robinson were led away in handcuffs from the shop in the city’s well-to-do Rittenhouse Square neighbourhood in an incident recorded on a white customer’s cell phone.Protestors demonstrate inside a Center City Starbucks, where two black men were arrested, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 16, 2018.           Arrest of two black men in Starbucks sparks protests

In the week since, the men have met with Starbucks’ apologetic CEO and have started pushing for lasting change at the coffee-shop chain, including new policies on discrimination and ejecting customers.

“We do want to make sure it doesn’t happen to anybody again,” Robinson said. “What if it wasn’t us sitting there? What if it was the kid that didn’t know somebody that knew somebody? Do they make it to jail? Do they die? What happens?”

On Thursday, they also got an apology from Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, a black man who at first staunchly defended his officers’ handling of the incident.

“I should have said the officers acted within the scope of the law, and not that they didn’t do anything wrong,” Ross said. “Words are very important.”

At a news conference, a sombre Ross said he “failed miserably” in addressing the arrests. He said that the issue of race is not lost on him and that he shouldn’t be the person making things worse. “Shame on me if, in any way, I’ve done that,” he said.

He also said the police department did not have a policy for dealing with such situations but does now, and it will be released soon.

In this Wednesday, April 18, 2018 photo, Rashon Nelson, left, and Donte Robinson, right, listen to a reporter's question during an interview with The Associated Press in Philadelphia. Their arrests at a local Starbucks quickly became a viral video and galvanized people around the country who saw the incident as modern-day racism. In the week since, Nelson and Robinson have met with Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson and are pushing for lasting changes to ensure that what happened to them doesn't happen to future patrons. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)© The Associated Press In this Wednesday, April 18, 2018 photo, Rashon Nelson, left, and Donte Robinson, right, listen to a reporter’s question during an interview with The Associated Press in Philadelphia. Their…

Nelson and Robinson said they went to the Starbucks to meet Andrew Yaffe, a white local businessman, over a potential real estate opportunity. Three officers showed up not long after. Nelson said they weren’t questioned but were told to leave immediately.

Yaffe showed up as the men were being handcuffed and could be seen in the video demanding an explanation for the officers’ actions. Nelson and Robinson did not resist arrest.

“When you know that you did nothing wrong, how do you really react to it?” Nelson said. “You can either be ignorant or you can show some type of sophistication and act like you have class. That was the choice we had.”

It was not their first encounter with police. But neither had been arrested before, setting them apart from many of those they grew up with in their gritty southwest Philadelphia neighbourhood.

Nelson and Robinson spent hours in a jail cell and were released after midnight when the district attorney declined to prosecute them.

Nelson said he wondered if he’d make it home alive.

“Any time I’m encountered by cops, I can honestly say it’s a thought that runs through my mind,” Nelson said. “You never know what’s going to happen.”

Starbucks has said the coffee shop where the arrests occurred has a policy that restrooms are for paying customers only, but the company has no overall policy. The men’s attorney, Stewart Cohen, said they were illegally profiled.

The arrests prompted protests at the Starbucks and a national boycott. Kevin Johnson, CEO of the Seattle-based company, came to Philadelphia to meet with the men, called the arrests “reprehensible” and ordered more than 8,000 Starbucks stores closed on the afternoon of May 29 so that nearly 175,000 employees can receive training on unconscious bias.

Robinson said that he appreciates the public support but that anger and boycotting Starbucks are not the solution.

The men said they are looking for more lasting results and are in mediation with Starbucks to make changes, including the posting in stores of a customer bill of rights; the adoption of new policies on customer ejections and racial discrimination; and independent investigations of complaints.

“You go from being someone who’s just trying to be an entrepreneur, having your own dreams and aspirations, and then this happens,” Nelson said. “How do you handle it? Do you stand up? Do you fight? Do you sit down and just watch everyone else fight for you? Do you let it slide like we let everything else slide with injustice?”   (AP)

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10 Stages Of Genocide And South Africa Is At Stage 6 |The Republican News

By Aubrey O’Callaghan 
10 stages of GENOCIDE and SA at stage 6 

According to Dr. Stanton, the ten stages of genocide are:

 

1. Classification
This first stage is where a nation is divided into various groups for political reasons. This happened in South Africa under the apartheid regime, but it now also being sustained by the ANC government for their own political agendas.

 

2. Symbolization

The Jews, during Nazi Germany, were forced to wear the yellow Star of David so that they may be easily identified and stigmatized.

Today, in South Africa, the mere skin color and language (Afrikaans) are used as symbols to identify the particular ethnic groups that are being targeted for extermination.

 

3. Discrimination

During the apartheid years, racial discrimination was very intense, especially against blacks, coloreds and Indians.

Our South African society was much divided.

When the ANC was elected to power, promises were made to unite South Africa into one rainbow nation.

Our country is much more divided than before; apartheid laws are no longer on the statute book, but the nation remains deeply divided.

The unwise application of affirmative action is driving all our ‘born free’children to foreign Western and Asian countries to look for jobs and better prospects.

Thousands of our best young people (highly qualified) have left South Africa and are working in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE and several other countries where the prospects are much better.

And that is why South Africa is suffering from an acute skills shortage and a brain drain.

 

4. Dehumanization

The early signs of the dehumanization of white South Africans are clearly visible in South Africa.

Many black politicians like Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema are referring to white citizens as ‘settlers’ or ‘colonialists’‘racists’, and many other negative words.

Anytime you are making these racial distinctions, you are dividing the humanity of the human race.

 

5. Organization

In South Africa, there are several radical, Marxist, black groups like the EFF and BLF that are being trained ideologically to hate whites, who are being labeled as ‘settlers’‘colonialists’‘racists’ and ‘counter-revolutionaries’.

This is exactly what the Hutus did to the Tutsis before the genocide; they labeled the Tutsis as ‘cockroaches’ and ‘vermin’ that needed to be exterminated in order to ‘save’ Rwanda.

 

6. Polarization

South Africa can be classified as a polarised society.

The dream of Nelson Mandela to build one united rainbow nation has been destroyed by incompetent and short-sighted political leaders like Jacob Zuma.

7. Preparation

As a society, South Africa is at this critical stage where radical, political groups like the EFF, BLF, and others, are meticulously planning the removal of white farmers from their farms in the name of ‘land redistribution’ and ‘taking back their land.

This, of course, is a pretext for violence, murder, and theft in the name of ‘freedom’ and ‘liberation’.

Singing ‘freedom’ songs like ‘Kill (kiss) the Boer, kill (kiss) the farmer’glorifies the killing of white people in South Africa.

Supporters of the EFF are encouraged to literally kill white South Africans in the name of ‘liberation’.

Mob psychology is used to instigate violence against white Afrikaans speaking farmers.

8. Persecution

The persecution of white, colored, Indian and foreign Africans have begun in our motherland by radical, black political groups like the EFF.

Whites are told to go back to Europe, Indians are told to go back to India, and foreign blacks (who are labeled as makwere kwere) are beaten and told to go back to their northern African countries.

The discrimination of foreign blacks by South African blacks are very severe and the intolerance is growing daily.

9. Extermination

The farm murders that are taking place in South Africa are meticulously planned by radically politicized groups to rid the country of white farmers under the pretext of ‘taking back the stolen land.’

The brutality of farm murders in our country is shocking.

Often, nothing is stolen and it becomes clear that many of these crimes are hate crimes, perpetrated by people who have been incited to commit murder.

It does not matter if many farmers have bought their land legally after 1994, the lie is still propagated that they stole the land from blacks.

The Marxist ideal is to take away all private ownership and to allow the state to own all the land.

This was done in Zimbabwe as well.

It also resulted in Robert Mugabe owning 13 farms personally, all ‘liberated’ from white farmers by ZANU-PF members.

Julius Malema does not have any original ideas; his political ideas are all stolen from failed Marxist despots who left their countries in ruins.

There is a clear political agenda to promote these populist views amongst uninformed, poor, black people mainly living in townships, in order to gain more votes in the 2019 national elections.

They are misled to believe that they will get previously white-owned land and farms if they vote for the EFF or ANC!

Of course, all blatant lies told by (once poor) politicians who once lived in RDP houses, but now drive in their expensive cars, dressed in designer clothing, living in multi-million rand mansions, sipping their twelve-year-old single malt whiskeys, having regular, expensive holidays in Dubai funded by corrupt businessmen thriving on multi-billion rand government tenders so generously given by our South African government.

10. Denial.

Our present government is denying that farm murders are being pre-planned by organized, politically connected groups.

The SAPS are also not keeping statistics of farm murders as a special crime.

The message the general public is getting is that the state do not want to know the truth about farm murders in South Africa, hence the need for other civil society organizations to keep a daily record of farm killings and attacks.

It is the opinion of MANY SOUTH AFRICANS that the new president of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa needs to answer the question.        (Uncaptured SA)

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Fox News Sued Over Alleged Racial Discrimination |The Republican News

 

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Workers prepare the stage for the Fox News/Wall Street Journal/South Carolina GOP debate at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center on January 16, 2012 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.© Joe Raedle/Getty Images Workers prepare the stage for the Fox News/Wall Street Journal/South Carolina GOP debate at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center on January 16, 2012 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  

Fox News Network has been sued with new allegations the media giant failed to address racial discrimination against two black women who work for the company.

Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright sued the news organization Tuesday in a Bronx Supreme Court lawsuit in New York City that charged they and “other dark-skinned employees suffered years-long racial animus” from Judith Slater, a former senior vice president and company controller.

The lawsuit alleged that Slater “ridiculed black employees by mocking stereotyped speech” and forcing them to pronounce the words ‘mother,’ ‘father,’ ‘month’ and ‘ask’ correctly “in front of white employees.”

The former executive also claimed the Black Lives Matter movement is racist, “and wondered what would happen if there was a parallel ‘White Lives Matter’ movement, the lawsuit alleged.

Aware that Wright had three children, Slater asked her if the children “were fathered by the same man,” the lawsuit charged.

Fox for years allegedly allowed Slater to subject minority employees to “a racially hostile work environment without fear of punishment or reprisal.”

“No longer willing to remain silent while Fox treated employees of color as second-class citizens, Ms. Brown and Ms. Wright dared to speak out about the intolerable work environment, including their unequal pay and opportunities for advancement and development as compared to similarly-situated white employees,” the lawsuit charged.

After learning the allegations would be filed in court, the company fired Brown and demoted Wright, the lawsuit charged.

“We are confident that the good men and women of the Bronx will hold Fox accountable for what we believe to be its abhorrent racist conduct reminiscent of the Jim Crow era,” plaintiff attorneys Douglas Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen said in a written statement about the case.

In response, Fox News issued a statement that said: “We take complaints of this nature very seriously and took prompt and effective remedial action before Ms. Brown and Ms. Wright sued in court and even before Ms. Wright complained through her lawyer.”

“There is no place for inappropriate verbal remarks like this at Fox News,” the company statement added. “We are disappointed that this needless litigation has been filed.”

Slater was fired on Feb. 28, Fox said, challenging the lawsuit’s allegation that the dismissal occurred as the case was going to court. Slater could not immediately be reached for comment.

Brown remains a company employee, Fox said. Wright was not demoted, but instead was transferred to a lateral position with the same work title, salary, and benefits, the company said.

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