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.)