Withdraw racist travel tips in your magazine and apologise to Londoners
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Air China is reportedly giving blatantly racist travel advice to its passengers flying into London on their airline. Here it is:
"London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people. We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when travelling."
We call on Air China to withdraw this "travel advice”, apologise and revise this to inform tourists about the blend of cultures London has to offer.
As an Indian living in London, I was shocked to read this "travel advice". The Indian, Pakistani and Black community have contributed so much to London. Lumping us all together in some kind of "dark-skin = crime" community is deeply offensive. I have always loved London for its acceptance. Until today, no one has ever made me feel like a criminal in this city because of the colour of my skin.
Travel advice is intended to be helpful, what Air China printed is not. It generalises entire communities based on the colour of their skin, with no evidence to back up their claims.
I’m not saying that there is no crime in London. There is. But is crime restricted to "Indian, Pakistani and black people" areas? No. Crime happens all over London - and Air China will surely know that crime also happens in China. This is not linked to the colour of any person's skin.
Londoners have taken to Twitter with outrage -many pointing out that this city is proud of our multiculturalism. In fact, it's the best thing about it. We won't stand for companies that attempt to create barriers and spread hate between our communities.
Labour MP Virendra Sharma has written to the Chinese Ambassador on the issue, which we hope will encourage Air China to rethink the mentality behind what they printed.
At the very minimum, Air China owes all Londoners - and tourists travelling on their airline - an apology. The racist "travel advice" must also removed from their in flight magazine.
If you believe London deserves better, please sign this petition.
Today it's Air China, tomorrow it will be someone else. Unless we come together as a community and begin challenging the mindsets that think it's ok to print material of this kind.
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