The basketball star addressed recent racism due to the coronavirus on social media.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) has been put on an indefinite hiatus, with many foreign players heading back to United States to wait for updates. One of them is Beijing Ducks’ top player Jeremy Lin (林书豪) who is having a tough first CBA season. The 31 year old, who had signed with Beijing Ducks after his contract with Toronto Raptors had expired in 2019, recently updated his Instagram with his personal sentiments and observations over racism after returning to the United States.
Writing in English, Jeremy described 2019 as a “crazy year” and lamented the sudden deaths of friends and famous personalities, including his good friend and Taiwanese actor Godfrey Gao (高以翔), former Beijing Ducks team leader Ji Zhe (吉喆), and most recently basketball icon Kobe Bryant. These untimely demises made Jeremy realize even more that one should live to the fullest, and “focus on what really matters” in this lifetime, as life is “too short and too precious for time to be wasted.”
Racism Due to Fear and Ignorance Over Virus Outbreak
Having returned to the United States after spending the last season in China, Jeremy brought up his frustration and sadness from his observations of racist comments emerging due to the coronavirus. Due to the rapid infection rate, fear has driven increased racism and anti-Chinese sentiment outside of China.
“I’ve lived in China this past season and now being back on US soil, I’m saddened by the racist comments regarding the virus in China. There are real people suffering and real heroes working around the clock in service to others – please don’t let your fear or ignorance rob you of seeing that. This world needs more compassion and empathy. We are all imperfect humans – we all need grace,” Jeremy wrote, and urged individuals not to be blinded by their own fear or ignorance amid the pressing reality of suffering and the selfless service of medical professionals. He ended his post by praying for a better tomorrow.
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.