Just making a post to link to Tiger JK’s wonderful op-ed on AllKpop. Tiger JK is a South Korean rapper, married to Tasha/Yoon Mi Rae, a rapper/singer of Black and Korean heritage. They have a young son named Jordan and as a family have received their share of nasty racist remarks. I love Tasha and Tiger JK for their musical talents, but this little piece makes my cold dead heart grow a few sizes bigger.I’m glad that someone in the Korean entertainment industry is speaking up about this.
As I read the replies and comments to the news story about UFC‘s Ben Henderson (Lightweight champion), I was dumbfounded and saddened by quite a few racial slurs. He was the son of a Korean-American mother and an African-American father. He wanted to come back to Korea to feel that he’s a part of the Korean collective.
Such instances of racial discrimination are not isolated… the comments to the news article about a TV comedy ‘Sebakwi’(‘Three Wheels’), showing a parody of blackfaces, also revealed prejudices.
“Why should we apologize? Don’t they make fun of Asians in America, too?“, some kids asked while others would say, “They were only comics dressed up as a black-faced, thick-lipped cartoon characters performing in a comedy like SNL.”
And just because…get all the way into this performance of “Pay Day” by Tasha and Tiger JK because its pretty amazeballs.