The reason I decided to make this video is because the overwhelming amount of anti-blackness in kpop that has been either ignored or excused, in the last two years, is unbelievably great.
No matter how much has happened, people still refuse to even acknowledge how big of a problem it is. You have to think to yourself, why is this only happening with black people and black culture? How is no other race being as blatantly used or disrespected in kpop? Anti-blackness is no accident. It’s a worldwide disease.
The perspective I have as a black kpop fan feels very odd. At some points, I feel proud because I realize many idols’ favorites are black people but most times I feel confused, because even though this is true we are still not truly respected. Not by idols and not by most kpop fans that don’t put defending us on their priority lists, regardless if we’re “one big kpop family” and “all in this together.”
The fact that most of us fans have to constantly shift between liking this genre and wanting are humanity respected isn’t fair. And you might say, if you’re just going to complain and be negative then why don’t you stop listening to kpop? And to that I’ll respond with, how is pointing out racism “complaining”. Complaining is maybe talking about how I don’t like a song, complaining isn’t talking about how I don’t like pieces of my culture being bastardized. And how is pointing out racism negative? When racism itself is the actual negative?
The point is, this cycle of silencing black kpop fans is horrendous. If we counted every anti-black thing that has happened in kpop, there would be well over a hundred incidents probably.
This isn’t about packing up and “leaving” kpop (but if you want to, I wouldn’t be surprised or judge you for it). It’s about making sure everyone sees and hears what we see and hear.
I realize that for some black kpop fans, they’d still rather not think of these things because kpop is their escape from life or other troubles. Do your thing, that’s fine, whatever. But when you see other bkfs speaking out, don’t try to silence them because they’re doing their own thing too and it’s their choice. We all have the choice to either speak up or stay silent but no matter which option you choose, it looks like kpop has already chosen it’s own option and that option is to continue being racist.
So here’s a simple compilation of racist or just very questionable events I wish there were answers for.