Racism in Lagos State
- by Ayomide philip
- 8 months ago
I was reading an article on the punch news where it wasreported that the Lagos State Government was defending a racist Shi Shi Chinese restaurant.
Here is a summary of the article. Joshua Jenom Gidin complained that he and five of his friends were denied entry to a section of the restaurant called the Hot Pot. He claimed that he was told blacks could not go into that section of the restaurant except they were accompanied by a Chinese. The Lagos State Government via a press statement issued by the Steve Ayorinde, the commissioner of Tourism, Art and Culture said that the findings by its officer sent to investigate the claim showed that it was false. The Article, however, insisted that the restaurant had relaxed its obnoxious racist policy after the initial outrage on the social media on Sunday.
Sahara Reporters also confirmed the veracity of this claim with a report of their correspondent’s experience at the restaurant.
While reading this article, I wondered why we as citizens have to wait for a reaction by the Lagos State Government. If I go to a restaurant and I am discriminated against, in my country, by a foreigner; Or I hear about such treatment in a restaurant I frequent. I will verify the authenticity of the claim. If proven, boycott the restaurant and ensure that all my friends are aware of these acts of racism so that they could do the same.
This is similar to Jeannie Mai comment on The Real talk show when discussing the comments by Victoria Secret (a well-known lingerie designer) who opined that if Victoria secret was not going to produce lingerie in the size of the real woman (plus size women), then women could just purchase their lingerie from other designers since the power lies in their pocket. This does not exonerate the government from ensuring that such racist acts do not occur within their jurisdiction
Whatever the Governments reaction is, there is no reason for an individual to patronise a company who discriminates against you. There lies the power of the consumer’s choice.