NBA star Jeremy Lin stepped up for fellow Asian Americans following the increasing racism and hate attacks happening recently in the United States.
In an Instagram post, the Santa Cruz Warriors guard in the NBA G League shared his sentiments as an Asian American and even disclosed that he has experienced racism in court as well.
“Being an Asian American doesn’t mean we don’t experience poverty and racism. Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court,” said the Taiwanese-American player, who also played for the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers.
“Something is changing in this generation of Asian Americans. We are tired of being told that we don’t experience racism, we are tired of being told to keep our heads down and not make trouble. We are tired of Asian American kids growing up and being asked where they’re REALLY from, of having our eyes mocked, of being objectified as exotic or being told we’re inherently unattractive,” Lin wrote.
“We are tired of the stereotypes in Hollywood affecting our psyche and limiting who we think we can be. We are tired of being invisible, of being mistaken for our colleague or told our struggles aren’t as real.”
Lin, 32, said he wants a better future not only for his family but also for every Asian Americans in the country.
“I want better for my elders who worked so hard and sacrificed so much to make a life for themselves here. I want better for my niece and nephew and future kids. I want better for the next generation of Asian American athletes than to have to work so hard to just be ‘deceptively athletic’,” said Lin.
“So here we are again, sharing how we feel. IS ANYONE LISTENING??”
News on Asian Americans being attacked in public – from getting yelled with racial slurs to physical assaults – has been a frequent recently, especially since the coronavirus reportedly originated in Wuhan, China. The New York Times recently wrote that attacks on Asian Americans in New York soared over the past year.
The NBA G League said it is opening an investigation into Lin’s statements that he has been called ‘coronavirus’ on the G-League court, as per Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic