Jeremy Lin and Racial Slurs
February 15, 2012 6 Comments
One of things I’ve found most surprising about the Jeremy Lin phenomenon is that he had to deal with racial slurs when his Harvard team played Ivy League rivals.
Lin says he heard slurs at most of the Ivy League gyms, and a Harvard teammate says a rival Ivy League player directed one at Lin.
I thought in the Ivy League racism would be marginalized enough to stay underground. Intelligence and education seem to me strong contraindicators of a tendency toward racism. And wealthy people have fewer reasons for the resentments that breed racism; not every Ivy League student is wealthy, but as a group I suspect they are. (We see plenty of racism from wealthy politicians, but that, rather than a sincere point of view, is a self-serving attempt to keep underprivileged whites from recognizing their common cause with the underprivileged of other races.) And I think of the east coast as a place where there’s less racism than elsewhere in the country.
Am I wrong about intelligence and education? Are there enough non-students in the Ivy League fan base that as a group the fans aren’t particularly intelligent or well-educated? (Are there really a lot of people who get excited about Yale basketball without having gone to Yale?) Do sports just bring out the worst in us?
Also at polentical:
Lin Part of an Overrrepresented Demographic
More on the Jeremy Lin phenomenon:
The Atlantic: The Secret of Jeremy Lin’s Success
Jerry West: “My G-d, he’s a tremendous player”
New York Daily News: Lin calls run “a miracle from G-d”
National Post (Canada): The Jeremy Lin Story is Real Magic
Added on 2/16:
USA Today: Asian stereotypes appearing in coverage of Knicks’ Jeremy Lin