It’s bad enough that the Asian American Journalists Group came out with a list of “danger zones” when it comes to what is racist and what is not in regards to the phenomenon and man that is Jeremy Lin. It shows that the country is very unfamiliar when it comes to discussing Asian Americans. There’s been a litany of offensive remarks in the media, ranging from tiny dick jibes,
unintentional headlines from ESPN, to Lin coming out of a fortune cookie on the Madison Square Garden big screen.
And yet, t-shirts like these are made even today. It’s alarming and disturbing. Even though Lin came onto to the scene only three weeks ago, it feels like an eternity, as if the world is operating within a space time vaccuum. Three weeks ago is ancient history as all the highs and lows of the Jeremy Lin journey has made such huge impacts within the Asian American community.
So, if we do posit that America is slowly learning that it’s been ignorant about Asians for over two hundred years, then how do you explain the shirt above?
SNL did a funny take on Jeremy Lin and the double standard of racism in mainstream media.
Granted, SNL jumped on the Lin bandwagon a week late, but this skit was a smart, pointed commentary at the double standard of sports media in a black and white world. Asian American athletes are such an anomaly, it’s as if everything that Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson built moving forward has reverted back 50 years. Lin is the Asian American sambo, a cartoon character that cannot be differentiated from say, a William Hung or Long Duk Dong.
We’ve got a long road ahead….