In poetry, there is nothing quite like a “found poem”. A poem where the words have been floating around, you’ve heard them before, but then someone captured all those words and put them in the right order, in the right rhythms to make it sing. This one on money is one of my favorites. It makes me wonder how much poetry in my life that I miss…I mean, it’s right there, I know all those words, but I missed it. I never saw the beauty until someone put it all in order for me.
Last night, I was reading this post, that made me ask a single question — Is this common? Would I find more of this if I looked? (OK, that’s two questions)
And suddenly I “found” this racism. I’m becoming ghastly aware of and sensitive to the thought that “my people” might be racist. And just like found poetry makes me hear poetry and rhythm out of everyday words, I now see that in small ways, insidious mannerisms and off-the-cuff, under-the-breath, behind-closed-doors statements, perhaps a great obstacle that the Korean-American church must face in order for the gospel to be released in power is to address this racism.
So here is what I’ve found, at least excerpts from. You can click on a quote to go to the original post (and this is only a cursory search mind you):
It is, as Michael Breen, author of a provocative book on Korea entitled “The Koreans: Who They are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies,” wrote, “While many foreigners have very warm experiences with some Koreans, they often feel rejected by Koreans in general. They are rejected because Koreans are so nationalistic and have a racist obsession with their blood.” This is the great “Korean wall” that makes globalization so problematic in Korea.
South Korea is conducting a long overdue debate on prevalent and institutionalized racism toward non-Koreans and people of mixed race, as this report shows. The government is considering legalizing the status of people born to mixed parents, so that they can have residency in Korea, serve in government jobs, and generally have the same rights as other Koreans. Superbowl MVP Hines Ward, who is of mixed Korean descent, has contributed to this thaw by visiting the country and sponsoring a foundation for mixed race children.
Hello! I am Japanese.
On a certain bulletin board,the South Korean made remarks below.
I do not discriminate except the Japanese and the Nigar.
Japanese = monkey
Nigar = animal
Because they are the animals, they are not men.
I raged, and objected , saying that “You are exactly raicist”.
However, other South Koreans were looking of agreement with him.
We don’t even play well with others:
According to recent reports, South Korean Lineage players have been ganging up on Chinese players in an attempt to wipe them from Korean servers. The recent killings are a response to rumors that Chinese gamers have not been following the unspoken rule: don’t take money or items dropped by a monster slain by another player.
He said that they would have to leave the bar, because Hollywood bar does not serve Nigerians or black people in general. I told him not to be such a racist. He said, “We do not serve black people in this bar.” I honestly couldn’t believe this was happening, and so I said that if they had to leave, we would all leave.
He said that was fine. So I asked him one last time if he would serve my friends. He said no again, so I told him that I was going to post something on the Internet to let everyone know how racist he was and not to go to his bar again. He said to go ahead, and that he didn’t care.
Very ironic…. Many (if not most) Koreans have a racist obsession with the (alleged) fact that Korea is a nation of pure-blooded people…Many (if not most) Koreans are ultra-nationalistic, intolerant and narrow-minded….
How can we be a Christian people if we cannot change the filthiest parts of our culture for the sake of the Gospel? Do not boast in our churches, our ministries, our missionaries, or our early morning prayer unless we can open our hearts to those who do not look like us, unless we can change the way we think in the church and outside the church. What in the world (literally and figuratively) are we doing? My heart breaks over and over…this is my “found sin”.
When will the Korean / Korean-American church be prophetic and call the culture out? When will the mass of Koreans who claim to be Christian actually live out what the Gospel entails? How many churches do we have that have addressed this to the body?
The poetry is everywhere. Find it, put it in order, and deliver the message. We cannot repent for what we have not acknowledged.