For Love and Basketball

Jeremy Lin has brought an incredible buzz to the world of NBA Basketball. He has achieved in just a few games what has never been statistically, by averaging 27 points per game in his first five starts. Some have brought the issue of the ethnic divide into this seemingly universally gratifying story. Championship boxer Floyd Mayweather posted on twitter: “Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise”.

Neither of these statements could be any farther from to the truth. The greater question is where does this sentiment come from? Is it the Black, Yellow Dividei.e. the distrust and racial tension that seem to exist between African Americans and Far East Asians? Or is this another way for the Dominate Culture to encourage the “Divide and Conquer formula”.

At the root of this would seem to be subconscious attempts to delay the re-coloring of America. If we can remember back to the presidential election, there was then the so-called Black and Brown Divide between African Americans and Latinos that was talked about extensively, but never materialized.

However the far more sinister effort is in play as some have said that we shouldn’t look at Lin’s ethnicity. And why he should just be seen as a great basketball player?   Though that all sounds nice; stripping him of his God-given uniqueness as a human being is not the answer.  This is the result of the apprehension that allows for the individual and cultural symphony of our society to be silenced by a fear of the bright shiny object on the cultural spectrum therefore causing many others to fear that they will lose their brilliance.

To put it another way is to understand that when we talk about a breakthrough of yet one more ethnic group overcoming our tightly packaged world of categorization which is forever repeating the system of injustices.   An inkling of reassessment to must be given to the comment made about Lin by Mayweather ‘s overlaying, generalized and painful comment.

Under the surface lies the racist history of not allowing African Americans to play the game they now dominate. Could all of this merely be a well orchestrated combination of the clandestine forces of privilege attempting to keep the rats in the cage at one another’s throats yet again? All of the whiles, at the same time pacifying to the dominate culture’s guilt disguised in a cover of “color blindness”

This whole matter reeks of the old human nature inspired hatred i.e. racism.  Cain and Able played over and yet over again one more monotonous time.

“It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then? ” Galatians 5:15 The Message (MSG)

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