Racist

Racist pricks, that’s all I can say! So freaking racist! I don’t know for sure if my rejection had anything to do with racism, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it did. Recent events here in China have left me hurt and speechless. Though not much of human nature surprises me anymore, some things do make me very sad. In my previous post, I told you about the hell I went through because of my stupidity I went to the wrong train station. Then, I hitched a ride (not really) with twelve complete strangers in a foreign country! It was quite an adventure!

During that almost two-hour-ride, Marcio told me about his misfortunes in Guangzhou a week earlier. Turns out his hotel refused to accommodate him, because they don’t have a PBS system to accommodate foreigners. This has to do with the police. If you’re a foreigner, you don’t need to register at the police station if you stay at a hotel. That is, if the hotel’s system is linked to that of the police.

On the way there, I thought to myself, “What if the hotel I am going stay at, says the same thing? It’s non-refundable.” Marcio assured me that they wouldn’t do that, I just needed to relax. I couldn’t relax, for I was worried.

I don’t know what happened, but the Chinese police have been pretty racist to Africans living and working in Guangzhou.

Around the time of my trip, something happened in Guangzhou. I think a person from Kenya, Uganda or Nigeria committed a crime, or something. Not exactly sure about what happened, but the result was that people with passports from those three countries, were asked to leave their hotel rooms. They couldn’t stay there anymore, no reason given. Just that they “don’t accommodate foreigners.” 

News outlets claimed that some people from those three countries, were stopped on the street, passports taken away, and their visas were cancelled. They were given five to ten days to leave the country.

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Cancellation of visas of Africans from Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria.

When I arrived at my hotel at 02:30,七橙, the young woman behind the counter asked me, “Which country are you from?” For a moment I thought, “What does that have to do with anything?” I told her I was from Suriname. She asked to see my passport, then told me, “I’m sorry, we don’t accommodate foreigners. This hotel is for Chinese nationals only.”

I still have no idea what happened. But guess what? When I got to my hotel, I was told I couldn’t stay there.

Me: “How come it doesn’t say that you don’t accommodate foreigners on your website? It doesn’t say that.”
Woman: “It doesn’t say it, but we don’t accommodate foreigners here.”
Me: “Why not?”
Woman: “Because our system isn’t linked to that of the police station. It’s a whole expensive process. Since we are a small hotel, we don’t want to go through the trouble.”
Me: “So what am I supposed to do now? It’s almost 03:00.”
Woman: “You can look for a different hotel.”
Me: “Where the fuck am I supposed to go at this hour in a strange city?”
Woman: There is a 汉庭across the street. You can try there.”
Me: “Give me my money.”
Woman: “We can’t refund you now, the people from the administration aren’t here.”
Me: (Just looking at here, saying to myself Nam-hyo-ho-renge-kyo)

There was soooo much I wanted to say to that little asshat receptionist, but I swallowed my words.

Woman: “Do you understand me?”
Me: “I understand, I’m just very pissed off. How would you feel if you went to a foreign country, arrive at your hotel in at 02:30, you’re already paid, and you hear some bullshit that “we don’t accommodate Chinese here.”
Woman: “Oh no, no, it has nothing to do with skin color. We just can’t accommodate foreigners here.”
Me: “Then why did you ask me where I was from?”
Woman: (silence)
Me: “I want my money.”
Woman: “We can refund you tomorrow. It really has nothing to do with race. We’re not racist in China-“
Before she could finish her sentence, I was out the door.

There I went, into the night at 03:00, looking for a hotel. Want to know what happened? Come back the day after tomorrow. 🙂