A McDonald’s in the Chinese industrial city of Guangzhou has been temporarily closed after displaying a sign that reads: “We’ve been informed that from now on Black people are not allowed to enter the restaurant.”
Tensions have been rising in the city, which is a hub for African traders and home to China’s largest African communities, after online rumors claimed that Africans were spreading the coronavirus.
McDonald’s issued a statement after the BBC reported on the disclaimer in their restaurant, which reads, “Immediately upon learning of an unauthorized communication to our guests at a restaurant in Guangzhou, we immediately removed the communication and temporarily closed the restaurant.” McDonald’s added that they are conducting “diversity and inclusion” training at the store.
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Again, for those who still doubt that Black people and particularly #AfricansinChina are being targeted we feel it is our duty to share this. A sign at a @McDonalds restaurant seems to make this perfectly clear pic.twitter.com/FaveKrdQHi
— Black Livity China (@BlackLivityCN) April 11, 2020