The Most Famous Black Man In Korea On The Black Lives Matter Movement | STAY CURIOUS #24

Sam Okyere is by far the most famous black man in Korea and we want to thank Sam for catching up with us and sharing his honest insight on the Black Lives Matter movement. The opinions expressed in this video are those of individual interviewees alone and do not reflect the views of ASIAN BOSS or the general Korean population.

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100 comments

  1. I’ve seen Sam Okyere on the Korean TV shows.
    I think it’s messed how even in South Korea, some parents try to ‘warn’ their kids about black people.
    Personally I don’t care what color your skin is, your ethnicity, socio-economic status, etc…
    I judge peope by their action; especially if I have a conversation with the person.

    I do agree that Sam Okyere now has privilges based on his fame and the people he knows.
    But I think it’s still messed up for people to pre-judge just because of the color of your skin and people having misconceptions.

    I do think it’s great that people are now more open-minded and accepting, and more likely to speak their minds.

  2. Thanks for this video. As an African American you can pulled over by police if you’re black driving in a predominantly white neighborhood they will pull you over because they want to know why you are in a nice neighborhood. If you are walking while black in a nice neighborhood white people will question you and ask you why are you in this nice neighborhood. Or they may just call the cops on you then the cops will come and say someone called the cops and said you looked suspicious. This a daily occurrence for African Americans.

  3. I had so much to say on this but Sam summed it up perfectly!!!!

    I have this conversation DAILY!

    Systematic oppression is REAL. Racism is a human issue!!!

    Steve/Asian Boss—again you have produced an awesome, insightful, and necessary interview.

    Thank you!!!

  4. Sam, you are the major catalyst in breaking down the stereotype/prejudice of black people in Korea. You are the true inspiration. I didn’t know anything about Ghana until I got to know you!

  5. Hey Asian boss just an idea , since taxi drivers are known to not pick up foreigners can you interview taxi drivers in Korea and ask them do they discriminate foreigners

  6. I agree my friend, DIALOGUE is critical to resolving these issues between us and we can
    We have to have the difficult uncomfortable conversations
    The problem with BLM and the radical left is they arent interested in this
    if you dont accept all BLM’s political beliefs then you”re a a racist. That’s a serious problem

  7. This is so insightful, thank you so much. I think it would also be better if you add Korean subtitles, as it’s such an important topic especially for them to know. Thank you 🙏

  8. Thank you Asian Boss and thank you Sam for using your voice, your celebrity, and your platform to bring light to this issue. Sam explained things very well. One question that really impacted me and that I’ve heard personally from people, not just in the George Floyd incidence, but in many others is “If it’s not happening to me, my family, or my people, why should I care? Why should I get involved?” The answer is this…aside from the humanitarian aspect of it being “the right thing to do,” Fighting against injustice that happens anywhere and everywhere WILL in fact eventually affect you. Sam was right when he said no one lives in a bubble. A crisis that happens 10,000 miles away will affect your own economy and so your own pockets, comforts, or livelihoods. People’s mistrust and mistreatments of Asians will cause many to close businesses that we depend on, or stop doing trade or providing products that we need. Unrest in Asia will cause many businesses that provide goods that we rely on on a daily basis to be delayed, or no longer as readily available. When it comes to the fight for Black equality, it has never ever been just about the Blacks. The Civil Rights Movement changed laws, not for just the Black community, but for ALL minorities. The changes we are demanding now also will not come with a “for Blacks only” tag. Any changes will benefit ALL minorities who live, visit, and/or do business within the United States. That is why you should care.

  9. Meh.. when I commented about Korea’s blatant racism (prohibiting Chinese and other races from entering stores, etc) in the last video it wasn’t because I had some grand expectation from Kpop or hallyu. It’s because I am Korean and actually went out and took note of it instead of just accepting it as “part of the culture” and I want to change it by shedding the public eye on it (like the BLM movement in US).
    Sam here does a great job of communicating the positives and some of his personal experiences, but it is important to note he is a celebrity in Korea whose career would become curtailed if he says something harsh or extreme negative about Korea even if it’s true (he wouldn’t get offers to be on TV for some stations). He is somewhat censored. That said, on face-value, Korea has become much better recently. However, that’s only superficial (for many at least). When you actually talk to the same people who are so kind to foreigners, and they open up to me since I’m a fellow Korean who looks everyone else, they say some racist things… and do some dirty things that you can’t see unless you’re there backstage too. Korea can and should improve and hopefully can catch up to the West/diverse countries soon.

  10. Sam is so well-spoken. Really appreciate his perspective and experience. It was so heart-warming to hear him talking about his friend’s positive experiences thanks to his work and influence as a public figure.
    Continuing this dialogue and raising awareness is how we combat this long-lasting issue of racism and discrimination. Thank you Asian Boss as well for lending Sam your platform again.

  11. i watched the entire video from beginning to end and was completely amazed by the way he spoke on every topic he continues to amaze me thank you for this interview!!!!

  12. What an impactful interview! It’s an eye opener at the same time a form of empowerment to showcase how racism highly affected/affecting many lives not only for black people but also those who are being discriminated due to diverse backgrounds (race, religion, economic and social status, etc.). I do agree that due to years of oppression, the views or perspectives can’t be changed in a blink of an eye. It’s a matter of time and continuous exposure or campaign that every individual is unique and precious despite his/her background. Kudos to Mr. Sam for standing and speaking up both as a representative and an inspiration. Also, big thumbs up to Sir Stephen and the AB team for featuring this kind of relevant and timely topics. Indeed, social media platforms play an important role in raising awareness anywhere in the world🌍.

  13. Cara, é por isso que amo o Asian boss. Vocês dão vozes às minorias e realidades que muitas vezes a mídia principal não dá. O Sam é um cara bem bacana, e aprecio muito vocês darem essa oportunidade para ele falar do assunto. 👏 vidas negras importam sim✅

  14. What makes me happy is that Sam decided to learn about another country and tried to teach Koreans about his culture and race that not all blacks like him are bad and now Korea are starting to be more accepting and standing against racisms for blacks we need more of this to change people minds on different races and people should study more into other cultures and not just stereotype or get wrong information from online all time I also believe school systems around the world and America should work harder on teaching this because alot of people aren’t taught well because of there horrible school systems and alot are uneducated Wich is sad and is one of the reasons why there’s alot of racism today

  15. Sam will definitely help break barriers especially for the older generation S.Koreans who still hold onto prejudice towards foreigners (especially blacks) and even those younger generations who were indoctrinated into that thinking.

    Here in Hawaii, sad to say racism happens but on a smaller scale since we are a multicultured state. There were a bunch of local clubs promoted by Asian Americans who would charge non Asians more for cover charge (i.e. cover for Asians $10-15 non-Asians $30-50) or even in rare cases not let them in. My friend who was apart of the industry said it was because other ethnicity’s have a stigma of stirring trouble (causing fights and damaging property). So sadly racism happens even in diverse states like Hawaii.

  16. yup.. that happened to my husband.. he got stopped by police just because he is driving an expensive car and he is black.. my husband asked why he was stopped since he did not violate anything but the police won’t give him any reason.. smh.. as an asian I also got discriminated a couple of times on the phone just because of my accent.. I was told to go back to my country.. and I am being paid by her taxes doing a pissy job.. and got cursed.. and was told they want somebody who can speak english..i am a US citizen and paying taxes as well and who can speak good English!!!! only with a Filipino accent.. lol..the ignorance of some people is making America look bad.. discrimination of blacks and asians are bad over here.. but I am not losing hope that someday this country will become a better place for my son.. Pray without ceasing!

  17. This smooth talking good looking young man is the racist. BLM and ANTIFA and other Marxist anarchist organizations are using a narrative of identity politics/systemic racism to cause chaos in society and advance their nihilistic agenda. Please listen to black intellectuals (Candace Owens, Thomas Sowell) for an alternative opinion if you really value Korean society. And there is NO perception in the West that Koreans are racist. All lies.

  18. I feel so sad that this is how the US is seen by people who don’t live here. While the US has had problems with racial injustice in the past, we have worked hard to correct those injustices and live up to the amazing promise of our constitution. Mr. Floyd should not have lost his life, and the police officers responsible will stand trial. Mr. Floyd will receive justice. But to say the police are systematically racist is just not true. You are 25% more likely to be shot by a police officer if you are white than if you are black. Also, police brutality according to the numbers is incredibly uncommon. This does not excuse the actions of those bad police officers. But lets not indict all police officers for the bad actions of a few. Police brutality aside, the US is not systematically racist. The idea that a white person is given success in the US simply because they are white is a falsehood. Americans of Asian descent do better than whites across the board, they get better grades, graduate at higher rates, and make more money. Why? Because of their race? No, it is because as a whole they make better decisions, and often work harder than White Americans. Asians Americans also make better decisions than Black Americans as a whole. Logic would follow that if the US was a country of white supremacists they would prevent the progression of Asian Americans as well as Black Americans. If you would like to hear some opinions on these current events or on American racism these black voices will allow you to hear a second perspective. Burgess Owens, Derryck Green, David Webb, Candace Owens, and the Hodge Twins. I love my country and I stand with it, even in these hard times.

  19. I don’t blame people for feeling scared coming to America. I miss how safe South Korea is. Another great video Asian Boss. Sam is always so pleasant to listen to.

  20. I’m so proud of this brother, he spoke perfectly and so eloquently on our behalf, I’m so thankful! And thank God, he’s really an asset and a true inspiration as well!

  21. What sam speaks on is so real, so true, and so heartbreaking. I experienced everything sam is saying, and have to relive it again as a parent watching my daughter cry because the parents tell their kids not to play with my daughter because of she Mixed with black. My daughter half black and half white

  22. As a black man from America, I’m proud of Sam he is so intelligent and he is a great representation of black men living in Korea also I love “Asian Boss” because they always bring great content to fans, and as a black man I care for Asian lives as well.

  23. 14:15 😢😢 샘..마음이 많이 아팠겠어요. 지금 이렇게 성공한 샘이 난 자랑스럽습니다. 부모들의 perception이 정말 많은 영향을 끼쳐요.

  24. Two black men moving furniture “anytime” is dangerous for them. All that need to happen is somebody calling 911 and saying “I think there is a home invasion” and these men would probably be shot. Whites calling 911 to report on blacks so they could be shot is “a thing” in the US.

  25. Thank you Asian Boss for your amazing content consistently! I have learned so much about other people and situations around the world. I can’t thank you enough for giving Sam Okyere another platform to express his feelings and thoughts on so many controversial issues that are occurring right now. I’m a Black American who loves your channel and appreciate you acknowledging and trying to address issues associated with George Floyd and racism in the US! Please keep up the GREAT work!

  26. what an amazing interview. i just became a fan… awesome to see how he blossomed over the years since i discovered kpop, korean entertainment etc. thank you for giving him the platform to speak about this and thank you to sam for using your own platform to spread awareness about BLM, racism, and police brutality

  27. As bad as minorities and racism are in the United States, most country don’t have a chance to express such racism because these countries are so homogenous that “racism” can’t occur. You may have Koreans prejudiced against Japanese, or Chinese, etc.. but this isn’t “race” at least not from a non-Asian perspective. I do understand that some countries consider Race to be equivalent to nationality as in the Korean race, the Japanese race. I shocked that Asian Boss asked how does one get a “green card”/permanent residence in Korea. This speaks to how insular Korea is “still”. While in many respects SK is an advanced first world country, in other social aspects it is not. As an American (Asian descent), it is common to consider that Americans have come from all parts of the world. There are American racists who don’t want anymore ‘outsiders” coming to America but this is our origin and this is our strength. That said, I’m very happy so see South Korean joining in the protest. That did touched me. Thank you for supporting America, even though the America you’re experiencing recently have not been what America is known for. The light is dimmed but not out.

  28. Yes, dialogue is SO IMPORTANT! Parents have a have a HUGE impact! Part of racism is taught whether by parents, teachers, CEOs etc; it truly is in people’s mentality, behaviour, attitudes etc. Hence why its systematic issues as systems currently support negative stereotypes, especially of black lives. Thank you Asian Boss for always bringing open and honest like this. Love to you all from NZ!

  29. I really wonder at the age of 40…how to discriminate people around…
    By their history?
    By their culture?
    By their status?
    Or
    By the way they treat you…
    By the way they respect and accept u …
    By the way they protect and help u..

  30. I’m in a colonial part of the US and that means a lot of historical monuments are built for some bad history around slavery in the country. The black lives matter movement in my area has exploded where these monuments and statues are being torn down. Everything is insane. I love “dialogue is so important” because it so is! Rn I’m learning Korean a few ways and one of the was is by talking to a native Korean speaker online that I teach English. We have talked about the BLM movement and how important it is. I have to say I’m hopeful for the future. If we continue to stand together, we will continue to stand strong!

  31. When they’re pulling you over for speeding in the US they just pull you over. They were probably following for a reason… I’ve got a guess what that reason is…

  32. It’s interesting hearing Steve’s surprise at some of the things Sam is describing he faces in Korea. I kind of thought it was common knowledge and I’ve never been to Korea. The skin color rubbing off thing isn’t only in Korea but happens too.

  33. Steeve : “I came here to listen”
    Me : *that’s deep*

    And really soothing conversation without interruption. I don’t even feel like watching 46 min vid

  34. Black Lives Matter is scary. Anyone who criticizes it get fired. It’s being used by politicians and corporations to seize more power and cause racial division. Divide and conquer strategies. I support ending police brutality, I support treating people based on the content of their character, but I do NOT support Black Lives Matter!

  35. It’s amusing that no one gives a damn when there are still so many anti-Asian attacks going around in the world. Yet there are so many medias are capitalizing on this BLM movement. Shame on you Asian Boss.

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