NBC Analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo should apologize for his ignorant comment towards Koreans
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On Friday, NBC Analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo made an absolutely ignorant and insensitive comment about Japan's imperial rule over Korea during a live broadcast of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea. When the Japanese Olympic team walked out to the arena, he stated:
"Now representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945. But every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation."
His ignorant and insensitive comment regarding Korea's history has enraged many people as few Koreans would agree that Japan's imperial rule over our country helped our economy and the development of our society. During Japan's rule of Korea from 1910-1945, Koreans suffered enormously. Comfort women were consistently raped and tortured by Japanese soldiers who would use the women as sex slaves for the sake of "comfort." Thousands of Koreans were killed, independence movements were ruthlessly crushed, the Korean language was banned, and Koreans were forced to live in fear.
The stories of the comfort women have been ignored throughout history due to the lack of awareness. Many of these women are still alive today, and it is painful to imagine the amount of suffering they went through when Ramo forced them to relive the memories of the atrocities they experienced.
The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is a symbol of unification and community, with even North and South Korea competing as one team. However, Joshua Cooper Ramo's comment has created a chasm admist the harmony by inflicting pain on our ancestors who had to live through a truly traumatic time in Korean history.
Therefore, I demand that Joshua Cooper Ramo issue a formal apology to all Koreans whether it is through social media or on TV and to any other people he may have offended as a result of his comment.
I hope this petition will be able to alleviate the pain and suffering his comment has caused on our country.
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