Linsanity: Give ESPN Writer His Job Back for Chink in the Armor Fervor
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Thank you to Taylor Zhou for giving me this link about Jeremy Lin graciously lunching with ex-ESPN writer Anthony Federico, 28, who was terminated after writing the incendiary headline, “Chink in the Armor.” It speaks volumes.
- Federico was amazed and touched that Lin would make time in his insanely busy schedule to have lunch with him as his request. I just love Jeremy Lin more and more!
- It was an honest mistake. Chink in the Armor IS a common term, after all, and he did not realize Chink had a racial slur connotation.
- They bonded. They talked about their shared Christian faith and Lin’s knee injury.
- Lin forgave.
I suspected the ESPN writer’s derogatory headline was not intentional. Because, seriously, when was the last time you were called a Chink? I’m half Chinese and half Japanese and I got called a Jap once in Junior High School 35 years ago when we studied WWII history.
And in college 30 years ago while visiting Copley Plaza to research a paper on the architecture of McMead, Kim and White and H. H. Richardson, two black kids yelled out some remark to me and my then boyfriend that included Chink. He’s from Queens, NY, so it didn’t phase him at all. The boys were junior high school age, and I was, like, “WHAT did you call me?!!!” Chink is like “Oriental”; it’s just not commonly used anymore. There is prejudice still, to be sure, but it’s more insidious and subtle.
In the case of young writer, Anthony Federico, though, Chink was an honest mistake. He had no idea. He’s too young to have Chink in his vernacular. Can’t we just forgive and forget? Please give him his job back. If you agree, please fill out this poll.