I'm the manager of a language institute in Sŏcho-gu, a tony district of southern Seoul. We're in desperate need of a new instructor, but we're not so desperate that we would hire a Black person.
Is it okay to write this in the ad, or should we just tell prospective applicants who look African-American that the position is already filled?
Signed,Touchy in Taechi-dong
You stupid, effing idiot. Why the fu¢k should you care if a teacher is White, Black, Asian, or whatever? If they are qualified, then it doesn't matter, and you know that. If you think your students' parents won't tolerate a Black teacher, then it's up to you to school them that skin color has nothing to do with the teaching ability of a college-educated native English speaker. It's people like you who make Korea look so effing racist and xenophobic. I hope your hagwon crashes and burns.
okay sorry about that, but that's just how koreans are. I will change the advertisement, though.Of course, we'll have to see if they follow up on that. And maybe make sure that the glass ceiling isn't simply moved over from the advertisement to the interview. Of course, Kushibo could not let the "that's just how Koreans are" part stand, so I wrote the following:
I appreciate your willingness to change the ad. You are doing the right thing, and I know that it is difficult to deal with archaic attitudes that are based on entrenched stereotypes.Kushibo is diplomatic, but also persistent.
But I feel that it is wrong to brush this off with "that's just how Koreans are." For quite some time, I have worked toward doing the same thing — getting companies I do business with to accept kyopo and Black workers, so I know first hand that many Koreans are very accepting of the idea. Those that were not accepting were usually afraid of the problem that others would have if they hired a kyopo or African-American.
Again, thank you for making that change.