The Korean Cultural Center of Chicago(KCCoC) stands against racial discrimination and supports the Black Lives Matter movement to end the abhorrent, unjust treatment of the Black community. The freedoms and rights minority groups are granted in this country are the result of the tireless work of Black Americans and other supporters of the civil rights movements, but the struggle for equality and justice is far from over. The KCCoC is committed to helping dismantle the system of racism and oppression that continues to plague our society. We urge our Korean community to work in interracial unity towards the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement and in furtherance of KCCoC’s mission of promoting cultural diversity, racial justice and equality.
Below are some ways members of our community can contribute:
“ENOUGH” to 55156 for justice for Breonna Taylor
“FLOYD” to 55156 for justice for George Floyd
“JUSTICE” to 55156 for justice for Ahmaud Arbery
We Wear the Mask, by Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1896
We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!