N. Korea Publishes Awful Things About Obama
Unbelievably racist article gets translated into English
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2014 12:14 PM CDT
   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – It's an article that almost escaped notice: A "screed" published by the Korean Central News Agency that was, unlike most of its pieces, not translated into English. But blogger Josh Stanton spotted it, and what follows under the headline "Divine retribution for the juvenile delinquent Obama!" is racist to the extreme, so much so that the Washington Post notes that "rarely has Pyongyang so ferociously—and personally—attacked a US leader." In addition to calling him a "dirty fellow" with "unclear blood" who has "the figure of monkey," it contains hateful lines like the following: "It would be perfect for Obama to live with a group of monkeys in the world's largest African natural zoo and lick the bread crumbs thrown by spectators."

The Post sees the piece as a telling insight into the country's very narrow views on race, noting that it's insistent on maintaining a "pure Korean race." So much so that if any woman who flees to China and is returned to the North comes back pregnant, she's "subject to either forced abortions or infanticide." At One Free Korea, Stanton challenges anyone who would balk at calling this evil. "Remember, to the government of North Korea, racism isn’t just talk. It’s what some live by, and others die by"—he here links to a 2003 BBC article on those allegations of child killings. He also points out a contradiction, quipping, Kim Jong Un buddy "Dennis Rodman was not available for comment." (Another recent North Korean screed argued that the US is a "living hell" of human rights abuses.)

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May 13, 2014 2:11 PM CDT
May 9, 2014 2:23 PM CDT
Since Dong-Dumb and Dennis Rodman are pals, he should fall under NBA authority........Silver should ban him for life........
Crazy Horse
May 9, 2014 1:35 PM CDT
The funny thing about this story and the comments posted below is that we live in a country that so highly respects the freedom of expression that we made the first amendment to the Constitution in order to protect that freedom. We have been lampooning, satirizing, roasting, insulting and in nearly every way possible demeaning the leaders of this nation and every other nation. Perhaps it's different when heads of state do it, but North Korea hardly has the international audience that comedians on the late-night TV enjoy. Really it's a non-story, other than the vitriolic comments posted below.