I recall as a child picking up a copy of Jet magazine and reading over and over the story of Emmitt Till, in disbelief that someone would murder a child for whistling at a white woman. I was further puzzled by the picture of his hardened, bloated face that looked far from human and thought: this can’t be real.
I thought this was a problem of the past. A problem solved by marches, sit-ins, protests, uprisings and the eventual coming together of communities. We recognized that changes needed to be made and laws were enacted to ensure that all were treated equally.
Barriers were broken, but mindsets were not changed.
Statistics state that every 28 hours a person of color is slain by a police officer, security guard or vigilante. That’s an Emmitt Till every day and four hours. A new name in the news. A mother without a child. A child without a parent. A victim of racism in a post-racial society. The loss is further felt when laws fail to protect victims, who often become demonized in the media. Suddenly an unarmed teenager is turned into a full-grown man with malicious intent, a large man of dark complexion is considered an uncontrollable suspect and these victims become the greatest fear to countless around the nation.
Today all over the US there are protests, die-ins, marches, signs of unification proclaiming #ThisEndsToday, #BlackLivesMatter, #WeCan’tBreathe. Even the international community has joined in, shouting #AmericaWeSeeYou.
Busan will join in the alliance this Saturday, December 13 in parallel with the march in Washington DC. We will depart from Table Talk Café in KSU at 2pm and walk in solidarity to Gwangan Beach. This event is generously supported by HQ bars, Sharkey’s, Thirsty Moose, Eva’s, and Table Talk Café. Join us. #BlackLivesMatterKorea.
For details please go to the Facebook event page #blacklivesmatterkorea at www.facebook.com/events/1522764591319275/
Words courtesy of Sherita Rogers
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The Busan International Ocean Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 2. Some streets on the marathon route will be closed.
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The Kim Young-ran anti-graft law is taking in effect starting today. The law aims to prevent government employees and various officials from receiving bribes.
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The tentative lineup for guests visiting the 21st Busan International Film Festival for the opening day on October 6th is near completion.
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The Busan One Asia Festival is offering free admissions to Taste Busan and the Korean Wave Star & Beauty Collection for foreign guests at BEXCO.
BeFM’s “On the Road Busan” team invites you for a final FREE trip around the beautiful Busan Bay at the Wave Yacht Lounge Closing Party on Saturday, October 8th.
The Busan International Food Expo 2016 will be held in BEXCO from October 6th to the 9th.
The “2016 Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival” will begin on October 1st and end on the 16th at Jinju Namgang Ilwon.
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Runners from around the world will gather at the 2016 Busan International Ocean Marathon on Oct. 2.