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‘Don’t take advantage of us’: Malawians protest Chinese national’s racist exploitation of kids

  • Dozens of Malawians took to the streets this week to condemn Chinese national Lu Ke for his alleged exploitation of local children and demand action from the Malawian and Chinese governments.
  • Lu Ke, known locally as Susu, allegedly paid children half a dollar a day to star in hundreds of racist videos, which he then sold on Chinese social media.
  • Malawian authorities confirmed on Monday that Lu Ke had been arrested in neighboring Zambia.
  • Protesters marching to the Chinese Embassy on Tuesday demanded that Lu Ke be tried in a Malawi court and that his victims receive compensation and psychological support.
  • Malawi has begun the process to extradite Lu Ke, while the Chinese Embassy in Lilongwe says they will “work closely” with Malawi to resolve the situation.

Dozens of Malawians took to the streets this week to denounce a Chinese national accused of exploiting local children in racist videos sold on Chinese social media.

Lu Ke, also known as Susu, was featured in a BBC Africa Eye documentary that exposed his alleged activities in Lilongwe’s Njewa village for the past five years.

Zambia police arrest Chinese national accused of paying kids to say ‘I am a Black monster’ for videos

  • Lu Ke, a Chinese national accused of exploiting children for racist videos in Malawi, was arrested in neighboring Zambia.
  • A BBC Africa Eye documentary exposed Lu Ke’s activities last week, sparking national outrage and calls for a crackdown on Chinese immigrants living in Malawi illegally.
  • In one of his alleged videos, Malawian children are seen chanting “I am a Black monster” and “My IQ is low.”
  • Lu Ke allegedly paid each child half a dollar to make 380 videos every day, which he sold for up to $70 on Chinese social media.
  • The Chinese Embassy in Malawi said it will “closely work” with local authorities to ensure that the issue is properly addressed.
  • Malawian authorities are now expected to seek Lu Ke’s extradition.

Editor’s Note: The headline of this article has been corrected to state that Zambia, not Malawi, police arrested the Chinese national.

A Chinese national accused of exploiting children in Malawi by making them appear in racist videos for half a dollar a day is now under police custody.

NBA beat reporter on leave after Warriors fans unearth his past racist, transphobic tweets

  • Golden State Warriors beat reporter Mark Haynes temporarily deactivated his official Twitter account after his past homophobic, sexist and racist tweets went viral.
  • Haynes upset Warriors fans after saying Steph Curry was a “frontrunner” – someone who only celebrates and performs well when their team is in the lead – during a playoff game against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
  • Enraged Twitter users uncovered several of the reporter’s past offensive tweets, some of which targeted members of the Asian community.
  • ClutchPoints, one of the reporter’s employers, issued a statement on Monday to announce that he has been put on indefinite leave.
  • Following ClutchPoints’ statement, Haynes reactivated his Twitter account and issued an apology.

Mark Haynes, a beat reporter covering the Golden State Warriors, was put on indefinite leave after a group of angry fans unearthed his past homophobic, sexist and racist tweets.

Haynes caught the ire of Warriors fans after he answered a question about Warriors point guard Steph Curry being a “frontrunner” – someone who only celebrates and performs well when their team is in the lead – during the recent Western Conference Finals Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, which saw the Warriors win with a final score of 126 to 117.