SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – On Wednesday night, basketball star Jeremy Lin spoke about the recent attacks on Asian Americans and spoke about his personal experiences of racism on the court.
Lin, who grew up in Palo Alto and previously played for the Golden State Warriors, now plays for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA G league. League officials are reviewing his claim that he was called a “coronavirus” during ‘a match.
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The basketball star told KPIX 5 that he wants to promote the message of empathy, love and compassion.
Lin first spoke about his own experience of racism on social media, saying, “We are tired of learning that we are not racist. We are tired of being told to keep our heads down and not to create problems.
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Lin said he didn’t call the person who made the offensive comment because he wasn’t interested in shooting anyone. He says that does not solve the country’s longstanding racism issues.
“Asians can’t just be passionate about Asian issues. African Americans cannot just be passionate about African American issues. We must unite. We have to work together, understand each other. We have to listen to each other, ”Lin said. “And not just between these two groups; between all the groups, there must be this kind of solidarity.
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Lin told KPIX that he has been repeatedly targeted by racist slurs during his basketball career. He uses his platform on and off the pitch to raise awareness.