Jeremy Lin Was The Target Of More Racism During College Than He Has Been In The NBA, As If That's A Surprise
Uproxx- Lin told Foye that one fan at Georgetown shouted negative Asian stereotypes at him, such as “chicken fried rice!” and “beef lo mein!” and “beef and broccoli,” throughout the entire game. And when Harvard visited Yale one time, Lin said fans heckled his appearance, specifically his eyes.
“They were like, ‘Hey! Can you even see the scoreboard with those eyes?'” Lin recalled.
“To this day in the NBA, there are still some times where there are still some fans that will say smaller stuff, and that is not a big deal,” Lin said. “But that motivates me in a different way.”
What? No. Say it ain't so! You mean to tell me that hoards of rich, white Ivy Leaguers that are belligerently drunk off grain alcohol and dime-a-dozen beer are more likely to be racially insensitive towards Asian people than the average person paying to attend an NBA game? I can't - no - I won't believe it. Those kids were probably just loudly discussing their postgame order from 'Mister Wong's Wok', and Jeremy Lin took it the wrong way because it made him hangry. I doubt they would badger him with hackneyed insults about his appearance when it was granted to him by his heritage. They were likely just making sure he didn't forget to regularly visit his optometrist. How were they supposed to know that his prolonged squint was genetic when student sections historically don't see color? If there's anything I know about college kids it's that the combination of weekday drinking and sports make them a much more tolerant group that would never target an athlete due to his nationality. Plus, do we really believe that one of Yale's fine, young scholars would have the gall to be culturally insensitive when he was merely one influx of Engineering majors away from becoming the minority on campus?