Target: Mr. Cai Jianjiang, CEO of Air China
Goal: Demand an apology for alleged racist magazine articles regarding minority communities in London.
An Air China in-flight magazine has been reported to contain racist comments about black, Indian, and Pakistani residents and communities in London. Photos posted online allegedly show excerpts of the magazine in which passengers are warned against travelling to areas “mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis, and black people.” Furthermore, the magazine warns against going out at night in these areas, or allowing women to travel through the communities unaccompanied. These comments are a part of a ‘tips from Air China’ section, at the end of a lengthy article concerning tourist attractions in London.
While it is always advisable for tourists to exercise caution in unfamiliar cities, singling out a specific race or ethnicity is blatantly racist. London is one of the largest and most diverse cities on the planet and the three broad ‘categories’ targeted by these statements are themselves diverse, multicultural populations. Racist statements such as those allegedly in the Air China in-flight magazine are unacceptable, especially from an airline responsible for bringing upward of 270,000 people into London per year. Sign our petition and demand an apology from the CEO of Air China, and that these racist statement be removed from the in-flight magazine.
Dear Mr. Cai Jianjiang,
I was shocked to read reports of racist statements in the ‘tips from Air China’ segment of your in-flight magazine. It is racist and offensive to state that black residents and communities, as well as residents and communities of Indian and Pakistani descent pose a particular threat to tourists. I urge you to remove those comments from your airline’s magazine, and apologize to the close to two million residents of London that your airline has insulted.
In the future, I would advise you to seek better writers for your in-flight magazines. Warning tourists away from ‘areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis, and black people’ is simply useless advice. Theses ‘categories’ encapsulate numerous communities with vastly different religions, countries of origin, ethnicity, and histories. Beyond the offense caused by your airline advancing negative stereotypes about whole communities is the offense your airline causes by erasing any distinction between very different peoples. I urge you to take steps to ensure that future advice respects the cultures, and peoples that call your destinations their homes.
[Your Name Here]
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