Striving for Racial Equality Essay examples

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Since the beginning of the NBA in 1946, only 10 Asians have played in the league. Tonight, a young Asian boy is staying out after curfew practicing basketball knowing that his chances remain slim for a future in the NBA because he knows that in the past 60 years, only one Asian American has made it to the NBA. Today in the National Basketball Association, Jeremy Lin is the only player who holds the nationality of Asian American. As the only Asian in the league, Lin is solely responsible for the way Asians are thought of in relation to basketball, which makes the media and fans prone to making generalizations about all Asians. These generalizations lead to stereotypical and offensive remarks being made about Jeremy Lin and his race with no …show more content…
In the second year of the NBA, a man by the name of Wataru Misaka entered the league. Wataru Misaka was the first ever Asian to play in the National Basketball League. When asked about the way his teammates treated and behaved towards him, Misaka explained that, "My parents were Japanese. But in my entire career, I played with Whites, so I just feel like I'm just like the rest. The way it was and the way they treated me, I was just another basketball player" (NBA.com). Misaka felt respect from his teammates despite the fact he was the first Asian in the NBA, he simply felt like “another basketball player.” Consequently, at this time, the arc of justice bent strongly in favor of equality. Ironically, in only the second year of the NBA, the media, fans and his teammates supported and respected Misaka, when in 2014, the league still does not completely accept the only Asian in the league. This is an example of why the NBA still has a long way to go in pursuing racial equality. From the beginning of the NBA in 1946, the league knew that the racial demographic would not exhibit anything close to racial equality, but the league never realized that it would become an establishment for racial generalizations. In a 1997 Sports Illustrated Article, author S.L. Price explains that, “The NBA has proven fertile ground for stereotyped depictions of race” (Price). Early on, the NBA understood that stereotypes and generalizations about players’ ethnicities

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