Jeremy Lin released a passionate and revealing statement on social media regarding how rampant racism against Asians in USA really is.
Lin is speaking from a position of experience in these matters. He was a trailblazer for Asian players in the league – he broke the ‘sneaky athletic’ stereotype as one of the fastest guards in the league. His statement comes in the wake of a rise in racially motivated crime against Asians in USA:
“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.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 26, 2021
“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. … 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.”
“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.”
Where is Jeremy Lin these days? Can he stage a comeback to the NBA?
Jeremy Lin was an undrafted guard from one of the least recognized NCAA programs in the NBA – Harvard. He worked his way through trials, non-guaranteed deals and D-League appearances from team to team.
He finally reached peak stardom in his initial days with the New York Knicks. A series of injuries prevented him from realizing his full potential in the league.
Lin last played in a game at the NBA level 20 months ago. He was recently signed by the Warriors to their G-League affiliate on a two-way contract. It has evidently not panned out well for him, as he’s still searching for a long-term NBA home.