In the latest viral video causing a stir on China’s social media, a black man is seen slapping a Chinese man inside a subway carriage in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. The man alleged that the Chinese commuter called him “nigger,” a derogatory racial slur.
However, some witnesses suggest that the black man might have misunderstood the Mandarin word for “那个”(“na ge” in Pinyin), or another Cantonese word, according to Guangzhou Daily. Their pronunciation is akin to“nigger”and translates as “that” in English.
On Sina Weibo, the discussion has however more or less been focused on the foreigner’s race without trying to verify the real reason behind the incident.
“Regardless of the reason or race, violence is illegal,” said @Qiandajiao.
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