- Posted December 6, 2013 by
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Everyday racism: Your stories
Tokyo Shop Would Refuse Nelson Mandela Entry!
Today is a very sad day, as the world has lost one of its greatest leaders for equality. Nelson Mandela was a truly great man who will be sadly missed. And so with the knowledge that today his life passed into history, it was sad to see this sign in a Tokyo shop!
Here in Tokyo's Akihabara district today and I shot this picture of a sign outside an electronics shop. Clearly Nelson Mandela wouldn't have been welcome, or even allowed in this shop. Not because he was Black, but simply because he wasn't a person of this country, or a resident here! Such discrimination is seen as an acceptable thing here! It's not violent or aggressive, so in Japans passive society it's not seen as a problem! And of course apartheid and America's segregation were terrible and evil times. So isn't one shop owners discrimination something that should just be overlooked?
Or, with the 2020 Olympics coming to Tokyo could this be a sign of what more and more tourists can expect! Being banned from shops, restaurants or hotels because they aren't Japanese?
Sadly I first saw the sign about 3 months ago, so it doesn't seem to be a problem here to discriminate against every race and nationality as a result of the actions of a couple of people that broke swords in this shop!
What do you think?