Public broadcaster NHK has apologized for its attempt to educate viewers on the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, after its video on anti-racism demonstrations came under fire for lacking context on racial injustice and the police brutality that had spurred such protests worldwide.
The video in question was presented as part of NHK’s Sunday news program “Kore de Wakatta! Sekai no Ima” (“Now I Understand What’s Going On in the World”), which targets younger audiences, and was posted on its official Twitter account Tuesday.
The 80-second long video featured a group of African American protesters led by a muscular African American man wearing a tank top and speaking in a rough and vulgar tone as he described the gap between rich and poor as the main cause of their outrage. The video was accompanied by a hashtag in Japanese that read "anti-racism protests."