December 05, 2023

Travis King wouldn’t be the first soldier in Korea to reject America for racism

Clarence Adams questioned why he should fight North Korea when the US discriminated against African Americans back home

Travis King, the American soldier who crossed into North Korea in July, fled because of “racial discrimination within the U.S. Army,” according to DPRK state media.

It’s possible that Pyongyang just made this up to slander Washington, although King reportedly told his family he was experiencing racism. But whatever the reason, King wouldn’t be the first African American on the peninsula to reject the U.S. for similar reasons.