Outrage as Chinese museum’s ‘racist’ exhibits compare Africans to animals

A Chinese museum has touched the nerves of Africans online after a video was posted online showing a seemingly racist exhibition where Africans were displayed alongside wild animals.

The video, originally uploaded on Instagram by a Nigerian Edward E. Duke, showed Chinese art lovers admiring the exhibits at the Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan ahead of the national Golden Week holiday.

The exhibits include a photograph of a roaring lion next to an African man with the same expression; a pensive monkey next to another man; elephants and giraffes next to African children among others.

A whole museum comparing blacks to animals in China. pic.twitter.com/L7AT0IYffm— ️ (@JloRocz) October 11, 2017

According to a local destination blog Shangaiist, the ‘This is Africa’ exhibition which started September 28 belongs to Chinese photographer Yu Huiping to “give visitors a sense of ‘primitive life’ in Africa through the interplay of humans, animals and nature.”

The photographer, who is the the vice-president of Hubei Photographers Association, is reported to be a lover of Africa and its wildlife. He titled the exhibits in question with the Chinese idiom: outward appearance follows inner reality.

The original video which was deleted after it was posted by one of the supposed visitors to the museum had the caption: “首都博物馆 the capital museum in Wuhan, China put pictures of a particular race next to wild animals why? Are they the only race to have impoverished looking.”

This follows a week of backlash of a Facebook advert by Dove showing a black model turning white after using their body wash. A screenshot of the ad went viral and several people took to twitter to criticise the beauty brand.

Dove apologised for the ad saying the image “missed the mark in representing women of color thoughtfully”.

The black model in the ad said it was taken out of context because the campaign was “supposed to be about all skin types deserving gentleness”.

The full #Dove ad has been uploaded pic.twitter.com/17TeRvDjEJ— HĪP MAGAZINE (@HIPWEEKLY) October 9, 2017

the racist dove ad is a continuation of a long history of racist soap advertising pic.twitter.com/nO7iDT7dxH— /kaw·reɪdʒ/ (@kawrage) October 8, 2017

People linked the Dove ad to others in history described as racist.

#DoveAd #DoveSoap history repeats itself pic.twitter.com/WyfsXPb1xd— King Fari (@FYAHBLESS718) October 9, 2017

Below are some reactions on Twitter against the Chinese exhibition that displayed Africans alongside wild animals.

Asians forgot where they came from pic.twitter.com/EFP7hZ2IWC— ⓋBananaBill?? (@bananabillll) October 12, 2017

Asians are some of the most racist people on earth. I’m not surprised at all.— Nessa Da Finessa (@DarkestBelle) October 11, 2017

Wow!!! That is as low as you can go! Next time you can use my White Face along with any of my black brothers.— David Morris (@Demorris56David) October 12, 2017

?? Lol, oh word..

Everyone detest & continues to dehumanize us for only God knows why— shvt crazy.— Kemosabe ⛩ (@TheOneChung) October 12, 2017

Wow. This is evidence that anti-blackness isn’t exclusive to America. It’s universal.— spooky acne (@olmilkdudd) October 12, 2017

Once I realized what I was seeing, I couldn’t watch the rest. It’s very upsetting. It’s very disturbing. #BlackLivesMatter— Danirene (@drenetol) October 12, 2017

This person who did this is obviously an illiterate!!??— EDNUT (@Bhe_Jay1) October 11, 2017

This is beyond offensive. It breaks my heart as I’m Jamaican Chinese thanks to great grandfather. I can’t unsee this video.— Natalie Lue (NML) (@Nataliemlue) October 12, 2017

I was thinking along similar lines due to the Jamaican Chinese in my family too :(— Gen Ex ???? (@naturalsystah) October 12, 2017

It’s made of human beings being compared to animals in china in a museum and they call it art— king Awesomest (@Mr_Awesomest) October 11, 2017

I really hope Japan ain’t bad coz I’ve got dreams of going there ? Think I’ll swerve China until they join the 21st century.— •THE SENATE• (@PemZenas) October 12, 2017

Don’t be deceived, it ain’t just Europeans that’s are racist . That’s why I stay black I don’t play this POC bullshit— Wayne_Dwyre (@WayneDwyre) October 12, 2017