NAKASEC’s Los Angeles affiliate, the Korean Resource Center (KRC) organized a press conference on January 17, featuring representatives of immigrant rights and Korean American organizations to stand against inflammatory remarks made against our community by John Kobylt (KFI 640) during the January 5 broadcast of Clear Channel’s “The John and Ken Show.” NAKASEC executive director, Morna Ha, also spoke and condemned the racist rhetoric and called for responsible speech in the media.
Coverage of the press conference in the Korea Times:
For years, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, hosts of “The John and Ken Show” have spread false facts and hate speech targeting Latino, Asian American and African American communities in Los Angeles. Korean Americans, consumers, community members, immigrants and Californians are no longer willing to tolerate such hate speech in the media.
On January 19, following the press conference, KRC and NAKASEC organized a rally outside the offices of KFI Radio. Around 30 community members and advocates attended the rally to call for the John & Ken Show to be taken off air.
The Korean American Bar Association is also holding efforts to demand an apology from KFI AM640 and its parent company Clear Channel Communications. Click here to sign the letter and show that you condemn racist rhetoric.