There’s no point in denying there is blatant racism at the root of this. It’s also a textbook example of xenophobia, literally “fear of the stranger.” A mob in, or near, New Delhi, India attacked a group of Nigerian students after an Indian teen died from a drug overdose. The teen was apparently missing for some time before his body was discovered, and somehow the rumor got started that the Nigerians had murdered and eaten him. Seems like a logical assumption, right?
Local police even got into the action, detaining the Nigerians without officially arresting them, without having any evidence that a crime was even committed. Why would the locals have decided that the missing teen had been murdered and cannibalized? Is it a common belief among the people living in that area that Nigerians are cannibals just because they come from Africa and have darker skin than the Indians do? When somebody goes missing, is it the go-to assumption that the missing has been killed and eaten? Since when is that the first thing that pops into someone’s head. “Oh, nobody has seen Manish in a while? Those African cannibals must have gotten him!” It’s insane. And exactly how many locals have gone missing only to turn up in some foreigner’s sandwich meat, anyway, for this to even be considered as a possibility?