The behind the pic...
I was talking to my uncle the other day. He is an ex-Marine who has lived in Japan with his family. We talked a bit about what it’s like being black in South Korea or in Asia. In this post, I want to highlight something that he said that I think was very important.
He said a lot of important things, but this just crossed my mind. He said that as a black person living in Korea, I have a responsibility to dispel myths that are thought about our race. He went on to tell me a story about a Japanese woman who walked behind him one night, later telling him that she was waiting for him to grow a tail. Someone told her that black men grew tails at night. I don’t know when this incident happened, hopefully before the Internet or cable! Right?
With that said, I feel that I have a further responsibility to help Korean people understand why some things that are said or done are offensive to my race.
This woman was wearing this shirt in a Korean mall in Busan. She worked in a booth. I tried to tell her why her shirt was wrong, but she didn't understand me. She kept saying, in broken English she bought it last year.