Skip to comments.Mother of Army private in North Korea tells AP that her son 'has so many reasons to come home
Posted on 08/24/2023 6:37:48 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
A U.S. Army private who mysteriously sprinted across the border into North Korea last month has “so many reasons to come home," his mother said Wednesday as she cast doubt on a recent statement that suggested her son, Travis King, might be seeking refuge there or in a third country.
Claudine Gates spoke to The Associated Press one week after North Korea released the statement through its state media in which it confirmed for the first time that it had detained the soldier and attributed comments to him criticizing the United States.
“I just can’t see him ever wanting to just stay in Korea when he has family in America. He has so many reasons to come home,” Gates, from Racine, Wisconsin, said.
King, 23, had served in South Korea and sprinted into North Korea while on a civilian tour of a border village on July 18. U.S. officials have said they are working to get him home.
The official Korean Central News Agency said King, who is Black, had said he decided to enter North Korea because he “harbored ill feelings against inhuman mistreatment and racial discrimination within the U.S. Army.” The report also said that King had said he “was disillusioned at the unequal American society" and had expressed his willingness to seek refuge in North Korea or a third country.
U.S. officials last week said they were unable to verify the comments attributed to him, while White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters to “consider the source.” KCNA is the official voice of leader Kim Jong Un’s government and its content reflects North Korea’s official line that the United States is an evil adversary.
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"[Dear Old Mom] noted that in the months before his dash across the border to North Korea, he had become significantly less communicative than in his early days in the Army. Family members have previously said that he may have felt overwhelmed as he faced legal troubles and his possible looming discharge from the military.
King was supposed to be returned to the U.S. to face military discipline after serving nearly two months in a South Korea prison on assault charges. But instead of boarding a flight for Texas, as planned, King slipped away and quietly joined a civilian tour group headed for the Demilitarized Zone, which divides South and North Korea."
Low IQ violent black male does low IQ violent black male things.
I’m shocked, but at least he wasn’t a straight white male.
Diversity is our strength…
He decided that North Korea was better than Leavenworth. I very probably would have decided differently.
This boy never would have made it in the real Army. He’s a crybaby who wants to be pampered and his diaper changed.
Buuh, his momma say... he’s Ok! They sure aren’t serving him home fare. This guy was under US Army discipline, and escaped for his stupid mentality of street gang crap. We should do nothing for him— we do not owe him. He violated military order. The norks will milk this-— in the 1920’s olde Communist playbook about the po- black folks. Utter BS. Lloyd Austin is SecDef, and the incoming chair of the joint chiefs is a biddable dude to him. Get’s what get under these conditions. Asians do not like.
I feel sorry for his Mom, but this guy seems to have gotten what was coming to him. He is now being made to face the consequences of his featherbrained, impulsive decisions.
Maybe this is rock bottom. Maybe he’ll wake up and straighten out, assuming they let him out.
If Da Man wasn’t oppressing him and holding him down, he would not have had to leave. It is Da Man that always keeps the Po Black Man down.
In North Korea a nice fat American might be welcome at a feast as the main course.
Mom no doubt continually filled his head with imaginary reasons to hate the USA.
‘You chose poorly, Grasshopper!’
What a dumb@ss.
When I was in Army Basic Training (1979) there was this black chick who kept riding me. For weeks. She was HUGE and I was a 99-pound weakling at the time. ;) Also, being small, I had been picked on all of my life. I knew the drill.
I finally told her, ‘Fine. You want to fight me? I’ll fight you. But I. Fight. Dirty. So, prepare to lose a few handfuls of hair, maybe lose an eye that I gouge out with my thumbs, enjoy your disfigured FACE once I grab a rock or break off a pop bottle. Oh, and you’ll probably come away with one less ear.’
She backed off, LOL! And funny, I don’t remember her graduating with our class, either.
If you willingly enter North Korea, or a similar country, everything that happens after that is your own fault. Expect no sympathy from me.
You know better than that. How many do you read about that are arrested for robbery, rape, murder? Then read further in the story and the words , "he was released from prison last week. month" appear. He well on his way to a life of crime.
He’s going to learn a very different lesson now.
If he comes home in a box.
Most times, going “ape” on a bully works since they’re not used to it.
I had a similar thing on Parris Island in 1989. A "Dark Green" whose name happened to be Black decided I was going to be his bully target. Biggest guy in the platoon.
He didn't graduate with us because he couldn't pass Swim Qual.
He chose poorly, mom.
but none left to stay, that’s why it left...
His momma is correct. And she should go join him. He is in a place where the "White Man" doesn't have a boot or knee on his neck anymore.
I wonder if he thought of that plan himself, or if someone whispered in his ear.
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