The point guard, who now plays for the Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks, told Trump via Twitter earlier this week that he wished the president would “powerfully support the vulnerable people that will suffer due to our mismanagement of this virus, including those that will be affected by the racism you’re empowering.”
Trump has defended his language, claiming he is being factually accurate by saying where the virus was first detected. World Health Organization guidelines, however, say not to use geographical descriptors to avoid stigmatization.
“I dont give a crap about the history of names rn. What I do know is this subtle anti-Chinese message only empowers more hate towards asians,” Lin said, noting that people of Asian descent are being “threatened and physically attacked.”
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On Thursday, Lin announced on Instagram that he’d returned to Beijing from the San Francisco Bay Area. He’d gone to California following the outbreak of the public health crisis in China and the temporary suspension of the CBA.
“Excited to hoop again, but leaving the bay worried and with a heavy heart for the sick, the jobless and all those fighting fear, anxiety and stress over the unknown future,” he wrote.
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