Black-Korean Tensions Flare in Dallas

Doing so meant setting up shop in a traditionally African American neighborhood long besieged by joblessness and economic blight. It’s a pattern repeated by Korean American business owners across the country, from New York’s Flushing Meadows to Oakland and Los Angeles, where in 1992 riots erupted that have left an enduring scar on the Korean American psyche.

Park’s gas station was the site of a fatal shooting incident in 2010 involving 26-year-old Marcus Phillips, who was shot by a Korean employee after attempting to run off with the store’s cash register. Park also employs two African Americans.

Deja vu? 15 year old Latasha Harlins was shot by Soon Ja Du in 1991. The Los Angeles Riot happened in 1992 after the Rodney King beating verdict. Could we see a repeat of 1992? Hope not.