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The Alchemist blighted by claims of racism, where everything's seen in black and white

More countries in Europe are reckoning the diversity in their midst. [iStockphoto]

The Alchemist blighted by claims of racism, where everything is seen in black and white

It seems appropriate that the momentous occasion of Madaraka Day was blighted by claims of racial discrimination at a Nairobi establishment; The Alchemist.

It is appropriate so that Kenyans can be reminded of the dear price paid by our forebears to make us free.

But rather than respond with outrage, perhaps, what’s needed is compassion for those dimwits who still think, in this 21st Century, that one’s skin colour has got anything to do with their intellect and, connected to that, ability to produce money to afford access to such establishments.

That, too, might be too complex for such idiots. So let’s start with a lesson in geography. This is Kenya, a country in the tropics, where the sun never fails to shine.

So it’d be unlikely that our skin pigmentation would be white. We have melanin that offers us protection against the sun.

And if one is running a business on this side of the world, where the majority of the citizens are black, it would make no sense to discriminate against them.

I mean, if our dark shades somewhat defile the magnificence of the place, why not do business elsewhere, where the majority of the populace is white?

Come to think of it; more countries in Europe are reckoning the diversity in their midst so it’d be foolhardy to run any business where only one race is welcome, to the exclusion of everyone else.

Media reports claim all races are welcome at The Alchemist, but each group is assigned a particular entrance and sitting area.

If such claims prove true, and City authorities can garner video evidence like the one that’s been circulating online, nothing but permanent revocation of license would suffice.

And if the establishment is foreign-owned, then instant deportation must follow. What arrant nonsense!