Classic 105 Presenter Ciku Muiruri Subjected to Racism in the US

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Ciku Muiruri, a radio presenter at Classic 105, became a victim of racism last week while in the USA. Surprisingly enough, the one who subjected her to this kind of prejudice was black American. Ciku had previously taken part in the Chicago Marathon, a run thatis aimed at charity and afterwards gotten this treatment in a hotel.

Ciku narrated how a black American waitress had asked her whether she lives in a hut back at home and that despite her clarifying that there is poverty everywhere, the waitress emphasized that we all live like that and that there are no buildings like the one Ciku was in back at home. Here is what Ciku posted on her social media account following this ordeal.

So this Black American who was serving us breakfast has just asked me if we live in huts back home. I told her that there is poverty everywhere, even in Chicago, where I’ve seen many homeless chaps. She nods impatiently and says “But all of YOU live like that. There are no buildings like this, right?”
I slowly counted to 10 and handed her my camera that has pics of me in Serena Elementaita and Swahili Beach hotel and said in my sweetest voice: “Our hotels are much nicer. Your hotel, for us, is a downgrade.” You should’ve seen her face. LOL!

The racism she faced clearly show how people in the western countries view Africans from Africa. It is very sad that after all this years they still believe that Africa is underdeveloped.

- Niaje.com

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Mkenya True

I experience this almost everyday. At first it was getting to me but not anymore. No degree of education / explanation will eradicate the level of ignorance these folks have. Just let them be.

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Marloow

I love how Kenyans are quick to cast aspersions on Americans on race and racism yet the country's president and his deputy are at The Hague facing charges prompted by tribalism - the same shyt as racism!

What is the difference between the ignorance (racism according to Ciru) illustrated by the waitress's comment and that of Kenyans who make comments such as "that uncircumcized boy will never rule Kenya" or "those people from Central Province are just a bunch of thieves"?

Let us clean our house before we go judge others!!

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Dkk

I consider that as ignorance, not racism!

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AWN

Racism is defined by one Race being more dominant than the other, therefore taking advantage or oppressing the other race. Black on black cannot be racists. They can be tribal or can discriminate. I find this article showing ignorance on both parties. 

She asked a question. Yes an ignorant question. What will the world be if people cannot ask questions cause they do not know..I think we have to give our sisters and brothers in America a break. They have come from a rough history and brain washed a little by the media.. You can turn this to a good story. No need to bash African Americans. Give her a chance, she wanted to learn. No questions is a stupid question.. I am guilty of asking an ignorant question on a trip to China. Does that make me racist ??

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Stephen Mwangi

I agree about it being a display of utter ignorance but disagree that he asked or rather made the statement in order to engage in discourse. A better approach would having to say, "Is it true that. .." who would've give the Kenyan lady a chance to engage the uninformed AA in a civil discussion. Unfortunately, her statement was demeaning if nit condescending and have have therefore precipitated the reaction. Additionally, a better description of the incidence would have been discrimination which is very common with AA against other black people. A very undeniable fact. Again, I hope this was a nice learning moment especially for a member of the fourth estate who then has a chance to educate thr world about the reality of living in a land that is not your home.But on the other hand we do the same things to members of other communities in our homeland. I hope when we experience these atrocities, it affords us a chance to be better citizens and to also be ambassadors of torerance in our own societies.

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Idavethi

"....on the other hand we do the same things to members of other communities in our homeland." I agree with that phrase, to some extent. Not only do Kenyans treat other Kenyans in Kenya like that, but right here in the US. Kenyans in the US have formed some kind of social class where the well-to-do, the well-educated, the well-monied, the well-known, spiritually righteous, Godly-elevated, the well-positioned, the well-famed etc., demean, discriminate and belittle those they deem ( in their mind) as low-class, unrighteous, sinners, lowly-paid, less-educated, kumbakumba, the under-class. Its common to hear some Kenyans asking others about a Kenyan, "Kwani yule anafanya wapi," "anaishi wapi," "alisomea wapi," etc.

Problem is, it doesn't work like that here in the US. I can attest to that. Right here, the ones who are "racially" discriminated by their country folks, work hard....doubles and triples, quadruples to fill in the vacuum bereft by the "upper class." People from the same communities dehumanize others just because they are who they are, what they are, where they come from, what they do,.. etc.

While discussing what Ciru experienced on her first tour in the US, lets talk about what afflicts Kenyans and Kenyans. So when we talk about African Americans being "racists," or ignorance, or negative towards Africans or Kenyans in particular, lets just ask ourselves, "How do we treat each other." How do feel about each other. For then, we can sit down and talk about what Ciru encountered before what she thought was a "Wanjiku" in a Elmentaita Hotel.

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mkenya

PREACH, Idavethi....PREACH.

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Stephen Mwangi

I agree with you whole heatedly and I couldn't have put it in a better way.

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AWN

I am sad to say that this article shows ignorance on both parties. Rough definition of racism is defined when one race oppresses the other due its economic advantage. Black on Black can be tribal or can discriminate but cannot be racist hence the word (race). On a trip to China I asked a very ignorant question to a Chinese, did that make me racist? Going to school in India, I always got questions on my hair. However I was always happy to educate the ignorant question and turn it around. that way leave them better people..

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Niko Porini

Babe, that has nothing to do with being black or from Africa. And that's not usually the Western countries, it's the US of A. I'm white, and half European, half African. So i have a choice what to tell the Americans where I'm from. They think Europeans live in huts without running water and all that. Yanks, who do you think built that BMW you wish you could afford? People in grass skirts?! Don't take it personally, they're like that. They also believe God has chosen their country over all the rest of us. Wonder where in the Bible it says that...

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Kris

Your statement has nothing to do with the article. The waitress was ignorant, and In return Ciku was arrogant, stupid and ignorant. Her action towards the waitress was childish!

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kevo

That is not racism??? Its unfamiliarity.. the lack of knowledge about the world….Some people don't know what racism is... illuminate that

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kev

That is not racism??? Its unfamiliarity.. the lack of knowledge about the world….Some people don't know what racism is... illuminate that

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Mejaas

And the point is........, get over it! this nothing new, it happens all the time. Based on her description, this does not even pass for racism.

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sam

tha is not racism!! Lol! u haven't witnessed it yet.

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Mama watoto

That's ignorance to the highest power, not racism!! Racism you don't even know, as Mejaas says " get over it",,,,

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MaraGame

This Mogithi can't even differentiate racing and ignorance, OR she took tribalism at McDonald.

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Arthur Alex

"I slowly counted to 10 and handed her my camera that has pics of me in Serena Elementaita and Swahili Beach hotel and said in my sweetest voice: “Our hotels are much nicer. Your hotel, for us, is a downgrade.” You should’ve seen her face". Is she serious?! This sounds like the first time this 'presenter' has been to the US.

What she experienced was ignorance and not racism. Someone needs to let her in on that "little secret".

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Kris

Ciku, You should have looked for a better travel agent. Let me guess... Motel 6 or Tin Roof inn, and a meal at hiphop fried chicken restaurant....

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Thamaini Kinywa

Don't argue with a fool people might not notice the difference.

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Observer

The problem with these so called celebs. They lie and exagerrate things to create news. I doubt the whole thing ever happened. Americans are no longer that ignorant!!. And such open ignorance especially in suburban Chicago?. I have lived here 15 yrs and have never had anyone assume I live in a hut. If you present yourself as if you just came out of a mud hut, I can understnad an American getting confused!.

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George

Mwakilishi this is a let down, if your panel could aprove this article under the given title and am assuming Mwakilishi reports from Dispora, then this ignorance from three circles, the writer, Narrator of the story and the actor. Lets pull our socks for more engaging news...........

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Asha Amollo

Did Ciku think this is Nairobi or something?

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Ngozi Ngumu

She is not even a celeb, just a normal worker like the rest, yet she think she on top like those clowns making noise in Kenya parliament. Let her eat her cheese burger and get yo a$$ back to work coz you don't understand racism and ignorance.

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pablo

the belief that some races of people are better than others.....that what racism means....so Ciku put that in play and see whether it works

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Thamaini Kinywa

Dada Ciku. That's sheer ignorance not racism.

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James Kimani

Racism or ignorance, there's no defence...been here long enough n been thro it. The US is a highly dichotomous country with arguably the best brains on planet Earth. However, it also has a very big population of idiots, n this hotel worker is undoubtedly one of them. Ma 2-cents advice to Shiku-dont even bother eWeducatin her abt Kenya or Africa, there's a very good reason she was born here n can only wait tables in such a prosperous country

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Kris

Now, you are even more ignorant!

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johnie
Concur with you fully. Their ignorance is perpetual. Been unfortunate to marry one of them. Sheer illiteracy beyond insanity. So unfortunate 4 a dynamic country like the USA.
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megarider

#weak journalism at best. I checked for her name in the scroll of chicago marathon runners to no avail, chicagomarathon.com.#Fact checking is key, Ciku no defense for the treatment, however that is not racism by any far stretch of the imagination. Take a chill pill and relax, talk to African American's who are 50 years and over or the mau mau fighters...or your cucu, there and there alone will your racism be defined.

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nga2
@ wanjiku, u dont argue with someone with a low IQ. he or she will bring you to their level and beat you, coz thats where their experinece is. Its arrogance, stupidity and ignorant--all in one
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Shelly

This used to get to me until I realized they really do not know. It is what they see on media. Now, I take it to be an inquiry not insult. I think the waitress was ignorant, not racist. I came here with equally ignorant views on Americans too.

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Truth-Meter

In verbatim "So this Black American who was serving us breakfast has just asked me if we live in huts back home. I told her that there is poverty everywhere, even in Chicago, where I’ve seen many homeless chaps??? Looks like Ciiku tried educating the lady but dragged on negating the sentence further which made them both look asinine.

Just to shed some light on Ciiku a little, "ignorance is the lack of knowledge/ awareness, while "Racism is belief in racial superiority. Its good to have your facts right, pay attention to details. In North America, people don't just post false information, it may come to bite you in the end. Your Anecdote with the term Racism changes the entire meaning of the article. Do i believe the Black American was racist? NO. She's obviously misinformed, hence Ignorant. I would've liked to enlighten you some more but am not your permanent secretary. Get your shit together

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Margaret Njeru

Nice discussion- hope Ciku is slightly more educated on the difference between Racism and sheer ignorance. African Americans have had a rough history, many have not had any decent education to learn, leave alone about Africa, but about their 'own' country- America. They know of the 'Africa' they have heard spoken about or shown in some 'jungle' movies. Reacting the Chiku way also shows great ignorance of the other, even if the Af. American might have sounded nasty.

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Kris

Wanjiku, am having a really hard time believing that this events really happened. Why would a waitress go out of get way to ask you such an ignorant question? If the events really took place, then you must have given her the probable cause to ask you the question! Chicago is full if immigrants from all walks if life....especially in the restaurant business... I think that you were just seeking for attention when you made up this story. If not, you must have walked in that restaurant dancing to 'mwanamberi'. Of which I wouldn't blame the waitress for asking you the question! ....next time get your facts together before making up a story!!!

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Joi

That's not racism,she and many others have no clue about anything else going on outside their neighborhood. Their education system is not as broad as is in Kenya where we learn about the entire universe. That's just a case of lack of information,that's all.

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Asha Amollo

But My question is why was she exposed that cheap question yet she is not the first black person/ African to visit that restaurant? Ciku must have exposed her "Africanness" around there.

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Ignant

One would have to be quite ignorant to use the term 'Black American' in 2013....in AMERICA. Sounds like the kettle calling the pot black....chick is just as ignorant. Quick check and her name is not even on Chicago marathon results. Much ado about nothing!

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jaleen

Its just ignorance, nothing racist here, we should see this as an opportunity to step up and showcase Africa for what it really is......

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Caroline
This is not racism. Africa is portrayed negatively in the press across the world causing most people to have an incorrect image of Africa. The waitress like most Americans and most foreigners think all Africans live in huts or in the jungle.

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