I do not feel horribly sorry for 58-year-old Ki Suk Han, the Korean gentleman from New York who has graced the American headlines in death after being pushed or thrown into the path of an oncoming subway train yesterday. Of course I feel bad for the man. I think it’s terrible he died in this manner. It’s awful that he died at the hands of a lunatic, the dime o’ dozen lunatics who populate subway platforms across the country. This is tragic but we must not equate tragedy with all our other maudlin, pampered post-modernist affectations and weaknesses and simpering platitudes.
I do not feel sorry for Han, because he was drunk and arguing with his wife in the middle of day before storming out the house.
We don’t know what he did in the meanwhile, but we know he ended up at the 49th Street and 7th Avenue subway platform with a bottle of booze in his pocket where he managed to get into an argument with an obviously deranged black street man. This much is known, but much of the narrative has been since clouded by the media behind the mushy embellishments of the SWPL class rushing forth to Han’s defense, claiming he was a “brave man” for defending others against the rantings of the black suspect. I don’t buy this. What we have here are the typical actors in this drama and the Black man must play the monster while the Asian man is thrust by the White media into the role of reluctant hero. Bull. This ABC video shows a snippet of the altercation that occurred on the platform. Watch the whole video through and you’ll note that the bottle of alcohol that was found on Han is not mentioned until the end of the clip…
First, note the body language of the altercation between Han and his killer. Tough black street men do not say “Please, leave me alone” in such an exasperated manner, especially if they are the aggressor. It doesn’t happen like that. Am I excusing the killer’s actions? Hell no. Yet, I feel it’s important to keep in mind that the killer was not the aggressor or trouble-maker he has been painted as by the media and other witnesses. I’m sure much of the HBD-sphere will resort to the evil black man meme in the coming days as well. That script has been written. I will tell you what happened. Han got drunk, he argued with his wife, and Koreans are cool because they can be just as bad as Mexicans when it comes to this drama stuff. I’m not holding this against Han at all. Shit happens. Men, husbands…do this and of course, they storm off, tie one on, maybe vomit, pass out, whatever. But most streetwise people know the Golden rule of street survival is to stay out of other’s faces. There are many aimless, stuttering, deranged men all over L.A. like this. I would never, no matter how loaded I was, try to lecture one with my little Emily Postian book of rules. What you do is let these people go their merry way. Han probably latched on to the black dude who was most likely barking at the air and the wall, creating a “no-fly” swath of alienation (sober people with brains stay away of their own volition). Han, feeling that timid but emboldened drunken sense of loquaciousness decided to put Blacky in his place, began preaching, maybe pointing at him in that sharp Korean tone and pushed one too many buttons. Han was 58-years-old. What was he thinking? Oh…he wasn’t. We all know this. Now.
I suppose what I take umbrage to is the avalanche of laudatory SWPL garbage that is really nothing but thinly-veiled racism that has oozed out in the aftermath of this sad story. That elitist racism that damns the unknown assailant’s character while dismissing the Korean’s stupidity and malfeasance.
It’s as simple as this: if Han hadn’t been drinking, he wouldn’t have been in the position to suffer this fate at such evil hands.
This is the principle that would assert itself if Han was driving drunk and caused an accident that was entirely NOT his fault on the surface. The law would throw the book at him, not for causing the accident, but for being being behind the wheel while drunk, a position he legally never should have been in. The law says that if you are drunk and drive, all misfortune that ensues, even if not directly your fault, is ultimately…your fault. In the court of popular opinion, this will not work against Han because people will blame the evil Black man, not the evil Korean man who couldn’t control his drunken foray into Superhero-hood.