South Korean establishments continue to make no qualms about their approach to avoiding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, even if it reeks of racism. Two weeks ago, a South Korean university rescinded its invite to three Nigerian students over Ebola concerns, and now The Korea Times reports that a restaurant in the Seoul district of Itaewon has boldly instituted a “No Africans allowed” policy over fear of contracting the virus.  Two signs displayed at JR Pub read, “We apologize, but due to Ebola Virus, we are not accepting Africans at the moment.”

Reportedly, the restaurant lacks a sure-fire method of identifying exactly which of their customers is African, which leads to the assumption that they will screen customers based solely on their physical appearances. Unfortunately, an associate for the restaurant refused to discuss the details surrounding the decision or whether there is any possibility of the ban being lifted, telling the Times, “I really don’t want to talk about this.”

Fortunately, there are plenty of other people who do. Word of the restaurant’s sketchy policy traveled quickly throughout social media on Saturday as photos of the signs elicited angry online responses and calls to boycott the pub.

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  • BillipPhailey

    Well this should put to rest the canard that “they” are good at science…

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  • shybookworm

    Umm…apparently South Koreans don’t realize–or don’t care–that many Africans are white,Asian, South Asian, etc. Yes, most Africans are black, but there’s a good amount that aren’t, you know, because of a little thing called colonialism. Outside, not every African, black or not, has Ebola. I could understand if they said they refused to serve people who hail from an afflicted area in any given country once they checked IDs, passports, etc., but to say they’re not going to serve Africans is ridiculous. I hope they let a white person or fellow Asian with Ebola come in only to find out later they have the disease. Ignorance is a bitch.

  • Mary Burrell

    I wish all black folks could stop spending their money with these people, Koreans are racist as hell. If all of us started taking care of our our nails and hair we could put them out of business.

  • Mary Burrell

    So glad I am natural. Now black Americans need to learn how to have our own beauty supply stores and get in the business of selling to our people goods and services

  • Deidrah

    So now people of color can be racist? I thought you clutchettes stated people of color cannot be racist only prejudiced and that only white people can be racist? Or is the definition now changed to only black people cannot be racist?