Claire Jean Kim

The acquittal of 4 police officers who brutally beat Rodney King in 1992 triggered the destruction of Korean-owned businesses and violence directed toward Korean Americans living in South Central Los Angeles. Claire Jean Kim, professor of political science and Asian-American studies at the University of California, Irvine, and author of Asian Americans in an Anti-Black World, joins us to discuss the racial tensions that already existed between Black and Korean Americans and how structural racism pits Asians and Black Americans against each other.

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