Korean businesses in Baltimore occupy mostly black neighborhoods, including Sandtown-Winchester and the Station North area. During the Baltimore Uprising, many of these stores faced damage, and NPR was quick to point to the tensions between black Americans and Asians, stemming from the perception that Korean store owners profit off the black community where they own businesses but do not reside. This narrative that has been acknowledged since the 1992 Los Angeles riots, a year after Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old black girl, was shot unlawfully by liquor-store owner Soon Ja Du. Locally, in 1993, the robbery and death of Joel Lee, a Korean-American student at then-Towson State University, sparked protest from the Korean community when the accused was acquitted by an almost entirely African-American jury. Read on.