Don’t cry for Jeremy Lin; he certainly won’t be

Don’t cry for Jeremy Lin; he certainly won’t be

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Do we as a country really have to make such a big deal about things that do not directly affect us?
An even better question may be whether or not we should care about situations and happenings when those involved couldn’t care less?
New York point guard Jeremy Lin has taken the NBA by storm in the last month, and has recently become the topic of an ESPN headline scandal that was said to be a racial slur against the popular Knick.
ESPN used the phrase “A chink in the armor” for a headline following a Knicks’ loss to the New Orleans Hornets, and the public readers’ first reaction was obviously one of shock and outrage.
Why?
While it was clearly a poor choice of words, it should not be “wrong”  in the eyes of public.Why does the public choose to care about his race and make it an issue, therefore making every press conference attended and news package he’s featured in awkward and weird?
Lin stated at a press conference  he did not have any hard feelings as long as the writer did not do it intentionally.
The editor apologized and that should have been that, but it wasn’t.
Phrases, idioms and metaphors are a big part of sports journalism and those who say otherwise are incapable of analyzing the situation accurately.An immature audience just wants to be the first to point the finger and police what is and isn’t offensive.
In reality, walking on eggshells around phrases and trying to be tolerant of another’s race is to blame for this situation.
Readers and the media bring up the fact that he is Asian and it causes everyone to overlook what a success he is.
Everyone assumes the phrase has to be racist because of the coincidence.  The headline technique was used to stir the pot and draw little attention to how caring and tolerant “you” are.
The headline was used to describe the fact that the New York answer at point guard had 15 turnovers after leading New York on a seven-game win streak while Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony sat our a few games.
“Chink in the armor,”is the perfect headline for the situation at hand.
Lin led a win streak coming off the bench and helped keep his team above water with stars out. He is New York’s “Knight in shining armor;” to use another cliche. He answered the call, overcame the competition, stepped up against Kobe and the Lakers when opponents were questioned, averaged twenty a game for the streak and overcame the New York media. He just has holes in his game; a chink in his armor.

Mark Molina
Staff Writer

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