No place for bias against non-lo­cals

China Daily (USA) - - COMMENT EDITORIAL • OPINION -

ONSUN­DAY, Bei­jing sub­way of­fi­cials apol­o­gized after one of its em­ploy­ees was filmed while she ap­peared to in­sult a pas­sen­ger dur­ing the rush hour on Thurs­day. Bei­jing News com­mented onMon­day:

Al­though the video is some­what noisy, we can iden­tify some of the in­sults di­rected at the pas­sen­ger. Al­though the pas­sen­ger cursed the fe­male em­ployee, she should not have re­sponded in the way she did.

The rea­son why the be­hav­ior of the sub­way em­ployee pro­voked so much pub­lic anger was be­cause of the prej­u­dice she dis­played to­ward peo­ple from out­side the city.

Bei­jing is a city with high-qual­ity re­sources and ev­ery year a large num­ber of peo­ple from out­side the city come to Bei­jing. To­day, non-lo­cal res­i­dents al­ready make up 40 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion in Bei­jing.

The Bei­jing sub­way per­haps serves the largest con­cen­tra­tion of peo­ple from out of town. Sub­way em­ploy­ees are sup­posed to have the aware­ness of be­ing eq­ui­table and in­clu­sive. But in­stead of set­ting an ex­am­ple, this par­tic­u­lar em­ployee dis­played dis­crim­i­na­tion in a dis­grace­ful man­ner.

Ev­ery­one should have the op­por­tu­nity to move freely and choose where to sur­vive. And the non-lo­cal pop­u­la­tion in Bei­jing should also be able to en­joy the city’s re­sources.

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