Jeremy Lin Says He’s Been Called ‘Coronavirus’ On The Court, ‘Tired of Being Told We Don’t Experience Racism’
Jeremy Lin is sick and tired of his people not being heard.
The number of hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans has risen so much that it has led to many public figures and organizations to speak out against the violence, racism and hatred.
Jeremy Lin has decided to join that fight as he posted the following message on Facebook:
“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. 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.
“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?”
On Tuesday, Lin spoke on hate crimes against Asian Americans on NBC Sports Bay Area’s Race in America: A Candid Conversation:
“I feel bad for somebody who harbors hate for somebody else, who they’ve never met, just based on skin color,” Lin said. “That makes me want to do something. It makes me want to educate people or speak out and find ways to make a difference.”
Lin currently plays in the NBA G-League.