Posted on May 3, 2022

How White Racism Played a Big Role in Black-Korean Tension During the 1992 Riots

Kyeyoung Park, Los Angeles Times, April 30, 2022


{snip} As I wrote in my 1996 academic journal article, based on my research in South L.A., my African American interviewees hinted that white racism did play a critical role in the Black-Korean tension.

{snip} Korean grocer Soon Ja Du, who killed Latasha Harlins, received no prison sentence from a white judge. Also, the four white Los Angeles Police Department officers who beat Rodney King were acquitted. {snip}

We can talk also about white racism in media, financial institutions, educational settings, government and the criminal justice system, which all contributed to developing Black-Korean tension. {snip}