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How Chinese vendors are making money from videos of African children

"I’m a black monster and I have a low IQ!” chant these children in Chinese in a video posted in mid-February by the YouTuber Wode Maya. The video has sparked a wave of outrage on social media.
"I’m a black monster and I have a low IQ!” chant these children in Chinese in a video posted in mid-February by the YouTuber Wode Maya. The video has sparked a wave of outrage on social media.
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A video showing African children chanting racist slogans in Chinese sparked a wave of anger on social media when it was posted in mid-February. The FRANCE 24 Observers team investigated this video as well as the wider Chinese market for videos of African children.

On 16 February, the Ghanaian YouTuber Wode Maya posted a video that one of his followers had sent him. The first few seconds of the video show a group of 18 children wearing red outfits decorated with what appear to be white dragons. In the middle of the group, there is a blackboard with a phrase written in Chinese that children start chanting, repeating after the person who is filming the video: “I’m a black monster. I have a very low IQ!” Then, they all start dancing.

The video of the African children starts three seconds into the video by Wode Maya.

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