Team Spain Can Kiss My Ass

If you ask me, there hasn't been ENOUGH hoopla over Team Spain's basketball picture for an advertisement running in Spanish newspapers.

I wouldn't say it's an issue of them being racist, but moreso insensitive and insincere. Their apologies have been matter-of-fact. Take for instance these quotes when pressed about it during press conferences:

Spain's coach Aito Garcia growing testy during questioning - "I can't understand this. Who's discussing this? You're discussing this."

Spain's point guard Jose Manuel Calderon - "I think we're talking about things that don't matter. We feel bad, but there is too much talk about it."

Who are they to decide there's too much talk about it? As someone who grew up in a town of 30,000 in Texas, with fewer than 5 Asian families in town, that gesture brings with it a lot of racist and hurtful feelings. I can't begin to describe how many times that gesture was used to make fun of me as a child. Granted kids can be an unforgiving lot regardless, there is no other gesture today that illicits so much anger and pain for me. It played a large part in me growing up not wanting to be Asian. It took many years for me to backtrack and embrace my cultural heritage.

The right way for Team Spain would and should be for them to apologize profusely whenever questioned about it. They have no right to say there's too much discussion on this matter. They are not the offended. It would have been nice for the Spanish coach to reprimand his team in public, apologize to everyone who has been offended, acknowledge how the gesture has hurt many Asians living in other countries and maybe suggest he we will have his team undergo sensitivity training.

I often admire the African-American community for quickly rallying for issues that affect their community and condemning those offenders. Their battles have helped out all minorities and immigrants from other countries. We owe them a tremendous amount of gratitude for the battles they have fought in making the United States a more racially tolerant and understanding country. There's still a lot more work to be done, but the Asian-American community needs to step up forcefully as well, so that Asians who have been persecuted and embarassed, no longer have to suffer from the shame of insensitivity and ignorance.

In the meantime, I will be rooting for Team USA to put a real hurtin' on Spain.

Sincerely,

Kevin L.

The Silicon Valley Bachelor



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9 comments :

  1. Yeah, this is pretty heinous. And it *is* racism- a culturally accepted racism, but still 100% racist. I was shocked that it didn't get pulled immediately from print circulation.

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  2. p.s. kevin, i slept with YOUR mom!

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  3. i think its racist but i also think that team Spain just has low IQ. I actually kind of feel sorry for them that they are so stupid.

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  4. Can we talk about sleeping with each other's moms later!??! I thoroughly enjoy the topic, but right now I plan on sleeping with the mothers of members from Team Spain and NEVER calling them again. In fact, I won't even give them cab money for the ride home.

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  5. LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. TELL THEM WHAT YOU THINK!!!

    PAU GASOL of the LOS ANGELES LAKERS & JOSE CALDERON of the TORONTO RAPTORS

    EMAIL THE NBA (you will have to register)
    www.nba.com/email_us/

    WRITE TO THE NBA:
    David Stern
    The National Basketball Association
    Attn: Fan Relations
    645 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10022

    EMAIL LOS ANGELES LAKERS:
    www.nba.com/lakers/contact.html

    WRITE TO LOS ANGELES LAKERS
    Los Angeles Lakers
    555 N. Nash Street
    El Segundo, CA 90245
    USA
    Phone: (310) 426-6000

    PAU GASOL WEBSITE (No email contact)/Sponsored by Nike
    www.paugasol.com/

    PAU GASOL'S NIKE SPONSORS
    Nike World Headquarters
    One Bowerman Drive
    Beaverton, OR 97005
    Phone: 1-503-671-6453
    EMAIL:
    http://www.nikebiz.com/contact/


    EMAIL TORONTO RAPTORS
    www.nba.com/raptors/contact/index.html

    TORONTO RAPTORS ADDRESS:
    Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
    40 Bay St., Suite 400
    Toronto, ON
    M5J 2X2
    CANADA

    LIST OF MANAGEMENT/OWNERS TORONTO RAPTORS
    http://www.nba.com/raptors/news/mlsel_management.html

    JOSE CALDERON'S webpage
    www.josemanuelcalderon.com
    EMAIL:
    email@josemanuelcalderon.com

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  6. said...

    I really like this blog. I especially enjoyed reading the part of your childhood and your admiration to the African-American Community. Everything has positive and negative. Without your past experience, you won't be a better person ^_^

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  7. Kevin, bored at work (hour 4 of a surely 12 hour marathon) on Sunday and read your blog. Glad I did. Loved your post. What makes truly incredible is that they are insulting the HOSTS of the Olympic Games. So they are not only stupid and insensitive, but also rude. They suck.

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  8. LC: You're absolutely right. That's good contact information, and if the IOC won't condemn the act - the NBA surely will. Money talks and the Chinese have 300 million people who are hoops fanatics. The Chinese state-run media has not reported Team Spain's gesture. It's too bad, because surely they would have to answer to the hosts with a little bit of sincerity.

    Update, TEAM USA: 119 Team Spain: 82

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  9. Kevin,
    Since I am lazy, but I think LC was really really smart to post all the basketball contact info may I suggest you draft a letter of complaint so we can print it up, sign it, and mail it in?

    Thanks, you're the best. Oh and can I have some cash now, too? I'll use it to buy some stamps and wine. You know, for seducing your mom.

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