Charles Melton says he’ll “no longer remain silent” about his experiences as a Korean American.
On Friday, March 19, Melton penned a column for Variety about how he has “reexamined my roots” in latest months. The Riverdale star mentioned he grew up “suppressing” his Asian id—and, “Today, that all changes.”
He wrote, “With the continued rise in horrific hate crimes in direction of my group, I’ve been in deep introspection by recalling my very own experiences, unpacking my previous, and attempting to know all of it.”
The actor went on, “Through it, I’ve realized that I never stood up for my Korean heritage. I’ve willfully ignored the racism and microaggressions directed towards me and my people. I failed to defend my heritage in fear of retribution. And now I can’t help but wonder what I did to contribute to the violence against Asian Americans.”
He began out by explaining that his Korean mom married his father whereas he was stationed abroad as an Army soldier. He and his sisters had been later born in Alaska.