On the recent episode of 'As You Say', entertainer Sam Okyere opened up about his experience with racism in South Korea. His story made headlines after the broadcast, leading to deep discussions about racism in Korean society.
In an interview with OSEN on January 6, Sam shared the reactions he received after the show. He said, "I was contacted by many of my friends. After the recording, I flew over to Ghana and just came back yesterday so I didn't know. I heard that the broadcast went viral. I was contacted by my international friends, especially black friends. They thanked me and said that they're thankful that I talked about it. Some people worried for me asking if I'll be able to continue talking about such sensitive topic and if Korean people would hate me for it."
Fortunately, netizens' reactions were the opposite of hate. Many actually insisted on reflecting on their actions after listening to his story. To such reactions, Sam commented, "I'm proud. The reason I started going on the broadcast was because I wanted to bring forth such changes. I believe that I've brought the changes I desired to a certain degree. I'm happy that the reactions are positive, and I think that's how much Koreans have changed. I'm thankful to the Korean people. I built a school in Ghana last year, and over 5,000 Koreans gave donations. If they didn't like me then there wouldn't be such support, but they encouraged me on. I'm really thankful."
Sam was also asked if he still experiences racism in Korea, and he responded, "I don't get discriminated nowadays. I've also researched my friends, and they all said that it has become a lot better. It made me happy. There aren't many friends who are having nonsensical experiences or discrimination. Every time I hear that it makes me feel like that it's improving bit by bit."