Ken Washington, Seoul Times, June 9, 2010
Letters to the Editor
I am a Black American and I have lived in South Korea for eight years. I have recently been denied several jobs because I am Black.
My father fought and risked his life in the Korean War so Koreans could be free. Free to hate Black people. How ironic?
Several Korean ladies have refused to go out with me because they said that I am Black and when they were young they were made fun of because their skin was darker than most Korean. I then asked them “Would they not date Koreans if someone teased them for being Korean” and they said no because they are Korean and then I said you are also dark skinned so why do not like dark skinned people.
Anyway I began to understand how they felt as I watched Korean TV where all of the people in ads and TV shows are 99% white or light skinned. South Korea has effectively isolated a large majority of their population because they have color in their skin.
I was hoping (The Audacity to Hope) that when Obama became president that maybe the country would change about how they feel about Blacks but I was wrong.
The most disappointing aspect for me is that I really love Korea but I know that it is time for me leave where I know I am not wanted.
South Koreans have a great country with a lot of positives but to exclude so many people, simply because of their skin color, in the 21st century with no end in site is simply limiting the possibility of greater deeds.