Must not say that Chinese all look the same

We read:
"A local news anchor who made international headlines with a racist description of a Chinese man has apologised "unreservedly" for his remarks.

On Paul Murray's Sky News show last night, news anchor John Mangos reported on a Chinese lottery winner who wore a mask to remain anonymous while collecting his prize.

After the story, he said: "I don't know why he bothered. I mean, I can tell you now — he's Chinese. "He's got straight black hair and he's got squinty eyes and yellow skin."

Mangos today apologised "unreservedly" for the comment. "The remarks were meant to be light-hearted and under the pressure of live TV my words were poorly chosen. In hindsight I can see they could offend and I apologise unreservedly for what I said.


People are genuinely less able to differentiate members of other ethnic groups. A quite serious problem arises in crime reports where eyewitness identification is often important. Apparently American whites are not very good at telling blacks apart and that has resulted in innocent blacks being identified and imprisoned, only to be later exonerated by DNA tests. There have been several such cases reported on Strange Justice

1 comment:

  1. I was in a restaurant one night with one of my ex-wife's workmates, who is Vietnamese, and a lady walked in and started to talk to him as if they knew each other. When she realised she had him mixed up with another Vietnamese man she knew, she apologised profusely for her mistake, and his good humoured reply was, "That's okay, we all look the same anyway." Was he being racist, in saying that?


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