Hines Ward

U.$. football player and 2006 Superbowl Most Valuable Player Hines Ward is half-Black and half-Korean. ESPN is running a documentary special on his biracial experience.

To score brownie points to make up for his use of lynching in the 2008 campaign, Obama has met with Hines Ward. Hines Ward also received a rousing reception in Korea after his 2006 victories.

We at MIM disagree with some of the messages of the ESPN documentary. Although Hines Ward left Korea at age one, Ward said he continued to harbor resentment against Korea. Here is how USA Today put the situation:

“Ward and his mother have been welcomed as heroes in South Korea, where kids like him — children of Korean women and American GIs — have been treated as pariahs, shunned, ridiculed and locked out of the best jobs and schools.”(1)

The ESPN documentary actually puts more focus on attitudes in Korea than in the united $tates. That’s typical for how all critical news is sold in the united $tates: it has to criticize other countries.

We agree with all criticism of the united $tates with regard to Hines Ward. It’s not such a simple matter when it comes to Korea, because of the u.$. occupation.

Patriots in any country will resent the offspring of occupying troops. In this case, the U.$. troops were much richer than Koreans when Hines Ward was born. The Korean people are right to resent the class difference and the situation of Korean wimmin seeking money from occupying troops.

What is wrong is the attitude of a minority of Koreans, because a minority of gungho pro-Amerikkkan Koreans favors the U.$. occupation and also opposes “blood” mixing. The huge violence of Amerikkkans against Koreans in 1950-3 produced a type of Korean loyal to Amerikkka and with a pent-up rage. At the time of the Korean War, the United $tates itself openly practiced segregation. This confused some Koreans who later lived to see the united $tates relax somewhat on racial mixing.

Koreans who resent biracial offspring because the offspring come from occupier blood are right. Koreans who want to be pro-Amerikan and still resent racial mixing are in a contradictory spot: they could be quite in the wrong.

To this day, $outhern Korea allows the United $tates to command its military. It was only George W. Bush who signed a treaty toward removing that control in upcoming years. Hence, as of now, there is still a strong colonialist residue in Korea. The united $tates should accept all the children of U.$. troops instead of leaving them in Korea if they do not want to be there.

Identity politics fails miserably for the Korean example. Whether Korean or Korean mixed with other ethnicities, those of Korean “blood” in the united $tates generally exist there because of the Korean War. The United $tates had little use for Koreans before, except as pineapple pickers in Hawaii.

It is wrong to be proud of many aspects of Korean-Amerikan identity, because the root is usually a horrific and unnecessary war. Amerikkkan selfishness teaches that our individual identity is so sacred and that we should be so unconditionally proud that countries should endure civil war just so we special individuals can be born. Such an approach to individual identity is wrong. Somehow we must learn to be more objective, so that we need not glorify imperialist interventions and repression just for our own ego needs.

Previously, MIM has reported how some believe the northern Korean communists changed Stalin’s theory of nation to include “blood.” In that criticism, we intended no favor to occupier troops. One-size-fits-all Liberalism and humyn rights is woefully wrong for Korea. Opposition to Korean resentment of biracial kids is what we call “false internationalism” that pretends the world is already homogenous and without conflicts between occupier and occupied. It is how Liberalism uses a universal standard to impose its troops. Political correctness ideas about Hines Ward do not belong in Korea. The Korean people are correct to accept him as an Amerikkkan and they are also right to give him a hard time to the extent that his parents stayed in Korea as occupiers. If his parents were still occupiers, we would hope he would not receive a positive reception at all, even as his athletic achievements deserved praise.

1. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/steelers/2006-04-09-ward-focus_x.htm


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