Nothing race-related in the April 17, 2007 (Philippine time) massacre at Virginia Tech in Blaksburg, Virginia. But some Cebuanos could not help but joke about the gunman, Cho Seung-Hui (see photo) being Korean. Many South Koreans are living in Cebu and some of them have caught public attention for their antics.
What Cho did was not because of the color of his skin, although his upbringing, surrounding and psychological makeup may have something to do with it. Many people hate inequity and are loners, but they didn’t massacre innocent schoolmates and professors.
Culture, the United States that is, must have something to do with it, too. A materialistic society turns human beings into mere commodities, not people made in the image of God. Thus they are objects that can easily be killed as a sacrifice. And, yes, guns and other weapons there can be easily secured.
I could not imagine this kind of crime happening in the Philippines, although there is a possibility that it will considering the supposed tendency of Filipinos to ape what is the vogue in the West. My hope is that our values will be able to survive the inroads made by the kind of culture and surrounding that have the potentials of transforming young people into vicious criminals.
–-Candido O. Wenceslao, April 20, 2007