Jeremy Lin speaks on Asian and Asian American racism

Last Thursday former NBA star Jeremy Lin shocked the basketball world after claiming he had been called “coronavirus” in an earlier game during his time on the Golden State Warriors G League Team. This blatant act of racism outraged Jeremy and he began to speak out against the racism and hatred faced by Asians and Asian Americans as a whole, and encounters he has had as well. 

Before diving any deeper though, it’s important to provide some context about Jeremy Lin’s career. Back in 2012 Lin was drafted into the NBA to play for Golden State Warriors. After being drafted he struggled for about a year until finally finding his place in the New York Knicks where he would go on a crazy 13 game streak putting up an average of 22 points and 9 assists a game. Sadly Lin’s career would never reach those highs again, but he did manage to fill a roster spot for seven more years and establish a name for himself in the NBA.

And with this success Jeremy Lin has gathered a large following and respect around the world. He also served as an inspiration to other Asian basketball players as the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent. So as hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans had spiked during this pandemic, he felt it was essential he speak up. To do this he found the perfect platform on NBC sports where he talked about his experiences of racism during his time in the NBA and even as a college player at Harvard. Along with these here are some more words spoken by Jeremy Lin on the show, 

“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.’”

“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.”

“Being a man of faith doesn’t mean I don’t fight for justice, for myself and for others.”

“So here we are again, sharing how we feel. Is anyone listening?”