2.19.2012

ESPN Headlines call Jeremy Lin losing a Game a 'CH**K IN THE ARMOR'???


Jeremy Lin is...??? How would you fill this statement? What first comes to your mind? Jeremy Lin is the point guard for the New York Knicks has been getting a lot of attention for a variety of reasons recently. His underdog story of almost being cut and overcoming several obstacles has inspired and infused a great amount of attention back into the NBA which was down due to the lockout.

His athletic ability to put up points, pass the Ball, work well with his Team, as well as being humble and grateful for his opportunity has touched people from a variety of different backgrounds. Not only is he the 1st Asian-American in the NBA in about 60 years but also the 1st Harvard Graduate in about 60 years. It's easy to see how his Hard-Work and Inspirational Positive Attitude can be refreshing and a great role model for others. But how come ESPN has posted a headline that says 'CH**K IN THE ARMOR'???


Hopefully there will be a point where WE, as a society, come together to celebrate Successes of Individuals based on their Actions, Hard-Work, and Effort regardless of race but unfortunately we are not there yet. One of the things WE, as a member of society, can do is bring attention to what is Unacceptable and focus on what WE can do to change it.

Instead of focusing on the incredible talents, skills, and accomplishments Lin has overcome as a person and as a Minority, has ESPN decided to take a cheap derogatory shot at the Asian Community? Would this kind of possibly gray racist comment made about an African-American Player like Lebron James or Kobe Bryant be Acceptable? Would the reactions be the same? How do you feel about this?

37 comments:

  1. ...and yes, the editors let it pass. Then the shit hit the fan and they pull the headline. The wack-ass apology is next. Two in two days; methinks it's gonna be a record.

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    1. lol. Thank you Amaya. I understand your point. lol. Does having an apology for something like that make it right though??? Just thinking out loud.

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    2. Of course not. It's just that we see this all the time. Entities fuck up (oftentimes knowingly) and then issue an apology and/or distance themselves from the offender. The problem is that multiple individuals looked at that tag line before it went live and nobody thought it was inappropriate? I call bullshit.

      I call this the "Show and Believe" Syndrome. You show me the real you, I believe you. Not for one second do I believe that headline was accidental. ESPN just showed its ass and I believe what I saw.

      Great to see your first "official" post, new Narrative Sports Reporter! *blows kiss*

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  2. And in addition to that bullshit apology will be the ignorance defense. The old "don't get mad 'cause we didn't know" BS.

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    1. Just delurking to say I hate when white people use the ignorance defence because as soon as a POC pisses them off they suddenly remember those slurs real quick.

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    2. Thank you @ankhesen for your opinion. ESPN is gonna force him to apologize but either way, that doesn't make it right. Since people brought attention to it, at least they know what they should be looking out for.

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  3. Could I trouble you to censor the word into 'ch--nk'. I admit that it raises my hackles every time I read it and I feel that censoring it, like how we'll sensor our vulgar words (sh*t), will give people a better sense of how ugly this word is when used this way.

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    1. Thank you @julie!!!! I really appreciate your well-thought out opinion. I just made the necessary changes. Hope I can count on your on-going support.

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    2. Oh I'm not going anywhere. I consider this place one of my safe spaces. For obvious reasons. <3
      And Hello!

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  4. and speaking of folks who need their asses kicked.

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  5. It's sickening that this country still cannot get passed diversity in people. I totally agree with your article. In today's fact-file of racists and stereotypes gone wild, it's not only African-Americans experiencing the brunt of derogatory comments, every nationality is feeling the hurtful sting of such ignorance! It's sickening and beyond ignorant. Diverse people have been in America for how many years/centuries now? I'm African-American and believe that Jeremy Lin is refreshing to the NBA. Positivity is always an inspiration. Folks just need to stop hatin and enjoy a talented player.

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    1. >>>>> Thank you @kelly!!!! I really appreciate you taking the time to read this post. Positivity is refreshing and encouraging to see. :)

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  6. That man and his other people who have criticized Jeremy should be banned from ESPN. What was supposed to be a celebration for Jeremy's achievement on the court has turned out to be a war of racism. Much as I reveled in this game, another part of me just cringed knowing that those haters were going to come out,but they are coming out like crazy.It's a shame. Jeremy worked hard for what he did and people should accept it.

    If Kobe( eck! never liked his arrogance) or LeBron would have been mentioned, they wouldn't be questioned about their athletic abilities and I hate how some people like that sports reporter( along with his best friend Floyd) thinks. I wonder what on earth does one's ethnicty/race have to so with how they play basketball? God gave him a gift and he is using it quite well.

    It is said that the best way of getting even with people is success and Jeremy is doing just that. He graduated from a prestigious university and he has pursued the game of basketball. If he continues to play B-ball the way he is, I hope that he'll win a championship ring. I'm also hoping that this will be his revenge and will continue to be successful outside of basketball. I know that his parents are proud of him. I would be.

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    1. Thank you @M!!!! I really enjoyed reading your comment. I told someone that the other day about being a Success to move past other people's ignorance. Athletic ability and Hard work should be celebrated. :)

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    2. @M,

      If Kobe( eck! never liked his arrogance) or LeBron would have been mentioned, they wouldn't be questioned about their athletic abilities

      Instead, they would have been questioned about their intelligence or decision-making ability. Every single mistake they ever make is meticulously detailed. Black athletes are constantly ridiculed when they prove themselves to be human rather than an animal gifted with "raw talent." Even the assholes don't deserve to be compared to lower primates on a regular basis. The next time you have an opportunity, listen to the commentators, especially those that don't have a former Black player by their side as a guest. You'd think we were created to put on a show.

      They see Lin as an acceptable "other" and so far he's coping with this shit well. We can only hope he never lets them under his skin. He's making it clear he's there to play the game, get paid and be seen.

      If either Lin, LeBron or Kobe had been "white," excuses would have been flying left and right. There wouldn't have been any questioning of their abilities, whether academically or physically.

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    3. Robert,

      Thank you. Really, all of this nonsense questioning Jeremy's ability in playing b-ball needs to stop.

      Hateya,

      No doubt. Much as I love seeing Jeremy playing basketball, as a whole, I'm not a deep fan of basketball for the reason you have mentioned. I just think they are just puppets and cash cows for the big man. They are being used and when it's over, you're just another "N" to them.

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    1. That was a troll, boo. You don't have be courteous with them. You don't have to talk to them.

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  8. the bigots are coming out of the woodwork, that is a very well known racial slur so there is no way this was done by accident

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  9. That headline was disrespectful. Double entendre at its worst. To be honest I fell that in situations like this comparisons are not necessary. This was wrong on its own regardless of what ethnicity the subtle racist remark was made to. I do feel that reactions may or may not be different if a Black athlete received a rude remark like how Black athletes (especially from Jamaica or Kenya) are fast because its genetic ..(-__-). Al Sharpton or another Black leader would have a spot on CNN to discuss why that sort of thinking is NOT ok.. What Lin needs is people to have his back, people are always going to try to bring up the "race card" when the majority (read White) aren't headlining the news. This is also a good time for the Asian/Asian American community to show they have leaders and communities that won't tolerate this sort of behavior. Sorry if I couldn't add more to the conversation, studying has made me very mentally exhausted.

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  10. @Robert,

    When I woke up this morning, I wondered what new drama would be unfolding and I wasn't surprised at all to learn this. I heard the guy got fired from that particular show, but he's still on another ESPN show and bringing home a paycheck. Excuse me?

    **slaps self silly five times** After all, we're talking about the same "white" mainstream media that makes derogatory comments about our president and tells a Black female member of congress to put away her crack pipe. I probably would have been more pissed at this news had I not just seen Lin on an ABC news segments speaking for himself. I believe it was filmed before the thing with ESPN.

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    1. @Hateya

      Did you say..told a Black female member of congress...to put away her crack pipe? *Rubs temple*

      I can't any more with the lack of respect for our President.

      But I would like to see that ABC segment since I'm sure Lin was very classy unlike the mud-slinging that keeps going on his name and other POC's in general. I am not surprised on the person keeping a gig since it is just the media saying yeah we don't care about your needs because you mean nothing to us.

      Just a little interesting note..There was a study saying racism is linked with stupidity. Sounds right to me for the most part.

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    2. @deedee7789

      Crack pipe -- Fox News broadcasts has people worldwide shaking their heads.

      I'm like you, even thinking about the crap the President and the First Lady endure each and every day makes me want to scream. And when I saw that woman's finger in his face... I had to take a time-out.

      I'm sure you can find Lin's interview on ABC News' website. It aired here on 2/20 at 7:30 a.m. so it must have been recorded a day or two ago in the US.

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  11. ESPN thought they were being slick, using a literary phrase to slide an ethnic jab at Jeremy Lin. Makes me wonder if they thought their audience would be too dumb to notice, or would get a knee-slapping guffaw out of it.

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    1. I'm guessing they were hoping for a bit of both.

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    2. I was looking at the latest Facebook post announcement concerning him.Man, those racist are coming at Jeremy like locusts. It's sad that this man can't even play basketball without these people putting him down.He is so humble and I'm glad that he's not letting it get next him. I have a feeling that is exactly what they want from him.

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  12. Just some helpful criticism. Please refrain from capitalizing words that aren't proper nouns. It's not emphasizing your point and is making the post a little disjointed. Best of luck!

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  13. @EnglishProf:

    My name is Amaya and I'm a moderator on this blog. I'm going to have to ask you to refrain from insulting contributors to the Narrative. While your opinion is appreciated, the snark is not. You insult Robert's writing ability, and then you turn right around and screw up your next two sentences.

    "If not then save us all the pain and write properly, use proper grammar, and have a little more basketball knowledge. There's a lot more to Lin then he scores, passes well, and works well with his team."

    There should be a comma after "If not" and a better way to state your last point would be, "There's a lot more to Lin than his scoring, his ability to pass, and his capacity to work well with his team." Perhaps your daughter should tutor you first.

    Furthermore, if you are going to comment on the Narrative, it would serve you well to read the Comment Policy; specifically Rules 4 and 7. If you are unable to respect the rules of engagement, then your presence is not needed. Thank you.

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    3. Why are Comments being removed?

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    4. Trolls who feel the need to insult contributors and readers don't have a place here.

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  14. On a positive note Jeremy Lin has a youtube channel if anyone wants to check it out.-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLzrLXQIbwM&feature=related

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