Honor & Human Rights to Halmeoni (Grandmothers) x 1000

If I was a middle-class white man with too much time on his hands

Never mind.  News about black folks (read: African-American)  is capital these days.  Especially news that appears to cross conversations occurring within the community with the megaphone of an unsympathetic outsider.  I’m not a Google spider, but I can only imagine a certain host website exploded its monthly click and traffic quota this month.  And I won’t help since there are so many amazing critiques floating about.*

What did not get much burn this week was this:

South Korean women forced into wartime sexual slavery held their 1,000th weekly protest outside Japan’s embassy yesterday, demanding compensation and an apology from Tokyo as they have since 1992.

The Japanese military forced Korean women to work in brothels during World War II.  Known as “comfort women,” silence surrounded their ordeal for decades.  In 1992, a group of the remaining women staged a protest outside of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, asking the Japanese government to admit wrongdoing and offer reparations to the survivors.  The protests have happened every Wednesday since.  Estimates on the number of women coerced, kidnapped and otherwise held against their will is in the 200,000s but only 63 are still alive.  WSJ reports that that the oldest woman, Kim Soon-ok, used sign language to communicate.

“Five former comfort women attended, sitting in chairs and covered in blankets. They wore a yellow vest with the sign that says “Honor & Human Rights to Halmeoni (Grandmothers).”

I’m sorry, but anything involving elder women of color being radical, being insurgent, sharpening their machetes, running for their guns brings me to damn near tears.  And these women have been out there every week.

Every. Week.  One thousand times.

“The highlight came midway through when a bronze sculpture was unveiled as a tribute to the comfort women. The statue is of a young girl in a hanbok, or traditional Korean dress, sitting on a chair. It was placed permanently on a sidewalk across the street from the embassy.”

One thousand and one is next Wednesday.

Read the rest at WSJ. Give this article some traffic.  We can discuss the possible impact of Skype and good grades on poverty some other day.

* (But you should be prepared.  This stunt ( worked so well you can just bet CNN is already planning Black in America: The Next Generation while Newsweek sends out reporters to investigate a three-part special on poor, black children using Skype and Twitter to form study groups (at their charter school).  60 Minutes is sitting back; they’ve had a special on the janitor-for-tuition program at  Wealthy N. Rich Private School for inner-city youth in the works for months.  They were just waiting for the right time.)
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