“Obscurity” is term that is typically denotes something being “hidden, mysterious, shrouded, unclear, faint, or
This practice of “talking through the television” has contributed to underlying conflict and tension between Korean immigrants and African-Americans in cities across America; namely Los Angeles during the 1992 LA riots. Many culture critics (Bailey, 2000; Cheung, 2005; Kim, 2004; Kim, 2012; Stevenson, 2004) argue that “virtual media racism” was used to encourage and perpetuate conflict between the two groups Blacks and Koreans as a means to re-direct anger and grievances with the white establishment. This supposed tactic and strategy may very well be true. But, it could only be as effective as it was because Blacks and Koreans were accustomed to “talking to each other through the television.” If there was more conversation, communication, and community between the two groups, then “virtual media racism” may not have been as effective. In fact, with clearer communication, Koreans and Blacks may have very well formed coalitions that would have benefitted both communities in 1992 Los Angeles and even in 2013 Seoul, Korea. The process of establishing real lines of communication is a cause worthy of study and action a lesson reinforced by the ideas and opinions of my students.
By Prof. eRiC Durham
Dept. of English Language and Literature
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