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Chinese museum removes photographs comparing Africans to animals after public outcry

In an incident that has now attracted global attention; a Chinese art exhibition has pulled photographs that seem to compare black people from Africa with the continent’s wild animals after being accused of racism. The show, “This Is Africa,” on view at the Hubei Provincial Museum since September 28, features some 150 photographs by Yu Huiping.

“To show our goodwill and sincerity, we have replaced the photos that our African friends find shocking,” curator Wang Yuejun told Agence France Presse, noting that the photos meant to “show the harmony between man and animal in Africa.” Yu, the vice-president of the Hubei Photographers Association, has visited Africa some 20 times over the past decade.

Backlash against the work began after museum visitor, Edward E. Duke, who is from Nigeria, shared a video of the exhibition on Instagram, writing “China put pictures of a particular race next to wild animals why? Are they the only race to have impoverished looking people?” He tagged CNN, CNN Africa, the BBC, Fox News, and a variety of other news sources in the post.

It has since been removed, but not since going viral after being reported on by Shanghaiist.


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