The Times reports that the pictures were all made by photographer Yu Huiping and were removed after Africans—including students living in China—complained about the display, the exhibit’s curator acknowledged.


This kind of ignorant racism is not unusual for China (or Asia overall, for that matter). There is, as was mentioned earlier, the WeChat blunder from earlier this week. Just last year, a commercial for Qiaobi laundry detergent, in which an ad for the brand showed a black man being “washed” and turned into a light-skinned Asian man, caused a scandal.

We still have a long way to go when it comes to anti-blackness, not only in the U.S. but across the globe, and if this week’s review of China is anything to go by, we’re still trudging along uphill with no end in sight.

But just in case you needed a refresher:

  1. Don’t compare black people to animals.
  2. Don’t use the word “nigger”—or any variation thereof—if you’re not black (I said what I said).
  3. Don’t “wash” black people white (I’m looking at you, too, Dove).
  4. Hire black people and then actually listen to them so that you can avoid this bullshit as much as possible.

Read more at the New York Times.