While in the service I had the opportunity to visit South Korea. Although most of the individuals I met were polite, and kind, that changed after hours. Being a service member in another country we found our way to as many night clubs as we could. What we found was that many of the night clubs we visited would not let us in because we were "White". I got the distinct impression that this would have been the case regardless of our race unless it was Korean or another kind of Asian descent. It may not seem comparable to many of the stories that will be posted, but it did, for the first time in my life give me a taste of being discriminated against. I am white, I live in an area of the country where we didn't spend much time thinking about race at all...Iowa. It wouldn't seem that way, I know firsthand that many of the other parts of the country would imagine Iowa as having more racism than it does. But in the area I grew up in, I had never met a racist until I left Davenport Iowa. The idea had just been silly to me. Until now. Here were bouncers in every decent nightclub telling us "No enter, white, American!" over, and over this was what we were met with. The only place we found we could go and be accepted was a "house of ill repute". The main reason being the owner/bartender was an american herself. She explained to us how many of the Korean people didn't like or trust anybody other than Asians. At least we had found a port in the storm, as it were. But even after a few hours, she asked all of us to leave once the regular "Asian" costumers started filtering in, because they would not spend time with a girl they had thought might have been with a white person. So, even there we were not welcome.
Again, I know this story pales in comparison to some of the stories I'm sure. What it did do for me was brought the "feelings" of being discriminated against right to my face, it hurt, It frustrated and angered me. Mostly because there was nothing I could do about it. No arguing, no debating our worth. Just "leave".
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