How many Koreans do you know?
After today we will all know the name of Cho Seung-Hui who was identified this morning and the gunman, a 23 year old senior English major resident alien from South Korea.
I have had the priviledge of calling 2 South Koreans my friends. One was my Tae Kwon Do teacher, and the second one was a coworker. I spent a lot of time with them, got to know them as people and learned as much as I could about their culture. My favorite Asian dish comes from Korea.
This shooting really solidified my belief that crazy people come from all backgrounds. Until the name was relased this morning I would have never guessed that a South Korean was behind the shooting, mostly because of all the South Koreans I know. Then I thought, what if the guy was Colombian? would that make a difference?
Sadly it would. Now no matter what people are going to look at asian kids different because that is how we are trainned to think. How often do you look at a white kid in a black trenchcoat and cannot immediatly associate him with Columbine?
I am sure this kid’s life will be disected and explanations are going to be found. The thing is that like with most irrational things, people are going to try to make sense out of them… find an explanation… find a person or thing to blame. Reality is that none of that brings the people back, none of it prevents it from happening again.
I just hope that people are smart enough to realize that this has nothing to do with color, or nationality and all to do with crazy.