Lu Ke, a Chinese man, is under investigation after producing racist videos of young African children singing and speaking disturbing Mandarin words.
In “Racism for Sale,” a new BBC Africa Eye documentary, Lu Ke said he did at least one of these videos but quickly denied it.
According to the British BBC, Lu Ke paid each child 50 cents per clip, allowing him to record hundreds of short videos. He then sold them with a price of up to $70 per piece to a Chinese website. As a result, these videos brought him in approximately $75,300 across social media sales.
Lu Ke trained a group of African children to repeat Mandarin phrases, compliment the Chinese, make fun of the poor, and chant a racist epithet saying they are “black monsters” who had “low IQs” without those kids being aware of what they were saying.
Sylvester Namiwa, an executive director from Malawi Centre for Democracy and Economic, said those videos are insulting Malawians and black people community.
According to Namiwa, the young kids videos filmed at Njewa in Lilongwe have gone viral, containing racial attacks and child exploitation incidents.
The Chinese Embassy in Malawi responded on its Facebook page after the BBC documentary that they expressed “great concern,” and strongly condemned racism “in any form, by anyone or happening anywhere.”
After the incident occured, Center for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) also wants the Chinese Embassy to make a public apology to Malawians, especially the black community.
Sylvester Namiwa said CDEDI was hereby challenging both Malawi and the Chinese governments to treat the matter with the urgency and seriousness it deserves.
Sylvester Namiwa added that any attempts to downplay the issue or help the suspect beat the law’s long arm will stir more actions with far-reaching consequences.