The president of South Korea has offered condolences, but is also very concerned that Americans will blame the South Korean community for this tragedy.
I really wish he was just being paranoid, but I don’t think so. I think he has valid reasons for concern. I think American society has come a long way in its acceptance of other cultures. However, I also think there are plenty of small groups who will see this as an opportunity to spread their hate.
We’ll have to see what happens over the next few months, but I think that if you’re a South Korean immigrant, you have reason to be at least a little concerned.
I think this shooter should be seen as a disturbed individual who committed a despicable act. I don’t, however, think that we can rationally infer any guilt on the South Korean people, or even his family. They have done nothing wrong except to try to make a better life for themselves.
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