I guess it’s about that time when I, an Asian-American teen, post about Jeremy Lin.
Let me first brief you on who Jeremy Lin is, if you’re still confused after the endless tweeting. Jeremy Lin is an Asian-American basketball player who is currently playing for the Knicks. He was with the Golden State Warriors last season. He wasn’t anything spectacular until recently when he outshot Kobe Bryant of the Lakers and averaged about 20 something points per game.
Now Jeremy Lin’s got a whole slew of fangirls and fanboys; I am one of them, but not for the reasons you think.
To me, Jeremy Lin is an inspiration. He’s not all hype and he’s not Jesus. He is simply a man who has a talent in basketball; his race does not make a difference in his skill level.
But his determination does.
Lin has fought racist jeers, racist headlines, and doubt from people around him, but he keeps on fighting. He keeps playing as he does and for that, I respect him.
When people see Jeremy Lin, I don’t want them to see him as the Asian superstar. I want them to see Jeremy Lin with respect and say to themselves, if he can do it, so can I.
In a way, I can relate him to Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers. Matthews is huge in the NFL now. The thing that a lot of people don’t know is that Matthews was not allowed to play football in high school or in college until his senior year. Why? He was told he was too small.
But Matthews worked his way to the top and now he’s sacking quarterbacks left and right.
To me, Lin and Matthews are heroes, not for their skill, but for their overcoming of adversity.
And so this Linsanity has nothing to do with his skill, his race, or his history. It has to do with the possibility that if Jeremy Lin could get more minority players into the NBA or in any other major sports, and the respect would not be rooted in cultural adversity, but in the ability to play the game.