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Open Season on Jeremy Lin? In Video, Fan Highlights Hard Fouls

Hsiu-Chen Kuei waited until her husband and three sons had gone to bed one night recently before surreptitiously beginning work on an ambitious personal project.

As they slept, Kuei, 48, a stay-at-home mother from San Jose, Calif., hunkered down at her computer and began poring over highlight videos featuring Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin, her favorite N.B.A. player. She fumbled around on Final Cut Pro, a video-editing program, splicing together the specific clips she had sought. She did this for six straight nights, three hours each night.

On April 5, Kuei uploaded her finished product, a six-and-a-half-minute video, to YouTube. She called it “Jeremy Lin: Too Flagrant Not to Call.” Piecing together clips of Lin over the years getting whacked in the face, clotheslined, bleeding, tumbling to the floor — all without ever drawing a flagrant foul — Kuei tried to convey that Lin, an American-born son of immigrants from Taiwan, was the victim of excessive physicality from opponents and insufficient protection from the league and its referees.


To Kuei’s surprise, the video soon attracted close to a million views, capturing the attention of basketball fans around the world and the eye of the league — even if no one quite knew who was behind it. With its bruising simplicity, it revived questions about the fairness and consistency of officiating in the N.B.A. and sparked conversations about the possible effects of latent racial biases.

Kuei’s original clip had been viewed more than 980,000 times and had more than 1,000 comments through Thursday morning. A version of the video with Chinese subtitles had more than 750,000 views on YouTube. Threads on online messages boards, like Reddit, engendered fevered discussion and debate.

The video kept spreading. Media outlets in Taiwan and Hong Kong, where Lin counts many fans, ran stories on it this week. Though it seems not yet to have attracted the attention of the news media on the Chinese mainland, fans on social media there have taken notice: A copy of the video posted to Weibo, a popular microblogging service in mainland China, was spreading.

To accompany the video, Kuei recruited two online acquaintances from Lin-centric message boards to help draft a formal letter to send to the N.B.A. She then encouraged fans — some of whom she understood might not be comfortable writing in English — to copy the letter and send it to the league, too. …

The three fans involved in the project — Kuei, Wei and Koon-Ping Chan, a third fan from Bayside, Queens, who was born in Hong Kong and helped edit Wei’s draft — have never met in person, but they interact almost daily in online chat groups. They all began following Lin after his breakout season with the Knicks in 2012 and now belong to the fervent community of Lin supporters that spreads over multiple continents.

They did not attempt to establish a case through statistics because data cannot capture what was at the heart of their complaint. It was the brutality of the individual fouls, not the overall tally, that angered them. “Did you see those fouls, how his neck snapped back?” Wei said.

Critics of the video have suggested similar ones could be made about other players. Kuei, who was born in Taiwan, does not disagree with that notion and does not feel that it contradicts her view that Lin gets shortchanged. She said fans of other players should make their own videos.

Would the reaction from the media be as sympathetic if white fans made up a similar tape of a white basketball player being fouled hard and implied that anti-white racism played a role?

There’s a curious pattern in recent decades in which the best white NBA players, such as John Stockton (Spokane) and Steve Nash (Victoria, British Columbia), developed in nearly all white places, suggesting that in more integrated setting white talent tends to get discouraged early. Perhaps tall white adolescents tend to get mugged on the basketball court? But nobody seems very interested in looking into the reasons behind this pattern …

There is an interesting potential interaction effect. For generations, the conventional wisdom in big league baseball was that there was a crippling shortage of good pitching. But over the last decade, there has been an impressive growth in the number of MLB caliber pitchers, most of them tall white guys. Fastball velocities have gone up. Now some reason for the expansion in the quantity and quality of pitchers involves are obvious: more delicate handling (fewer innings pitched) and more frequent Tommy John surgeries.

But a possibility that hasn’t been looked into much is that tall white boys and their sideline dads are deciding early on to forget basketball and concentrate on baseball.

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From Politico:

Should We Be Turning Japanese?

With economic instability and terror plaguing the open West, a case emerges for the insular approach.
By Michael Auslin

April 12, 2016

… Since World War II, the predominance of the concepts of openness and diversity has never been seriously challenged in the West. The almost universally accepted identification of modernity with openness has prevented needed discussions of the costs associated with such an approach.

Good article, but I’d suggest that the statement, “Since World War II, the predominance of the concepts of openness and diversity has never been seriously challenged in the West” is overly credulous about how much retconning of history has been done in the last few years. Open Borders has always been a very, very tough sell, so it’s perhaps truer to say that the case for Open Borders has seldom been seriously argued because it was so obviously weak.

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As the Google Ngram graph of books shows, the triumph of the word “diversity” was a fad of the early 1990s, much like “deconstructionism,” “postmodernism,” and the “Duke University Dept. of English.”

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In fact, I’d hardly be surprised if a sober historical retrospective concluded that all of those fevered fads were basically brainchilds of the restless intellect of Duke English Dept. chairman Stanley Fish — a.k.a., Morris Zapp in the 1970s-1980s comic novels of David Lodge, in which Zapp/Fish proclaims his ambition to use his avowal of French leftist hoo-ha to become the first literature professor to receive a six figure salary and has various unfortunate (but deserved) fates befall him, such as being kidnapped by Italian Marxist terrorists.

As Fish got older, he seemed to lose respect for his earlier posturings. Nobody else cares about Deconstructionism either anymore, but the rest of us are still stuck with Diversity because there are so many hustlers trying to hack out an easy career based on their being Diverse.

In reality, a centrist, effective President like Eisenhower presided over a mass deportation of illegal aliens to Mexico with barely any controversy. The 1965 immigration act was sold to Congress explicitly as having minimal impact on diversity. The 1986 amnesty was sold as a one-time deal that would impose harsh employer penalties that would eliminate future illegal immigration. Bill Clinton appointed a black lesbian civil rights leader, Barbara Jordan, to chair an immigration commission, and Jordan reported back that America should crack down hard on illegal immigration and significantly cut legal immigration. The New York Times editorialized strongly against amnesty as recently as 2000 for the same reasons that Donald Trump and Ann Coulter give today: it’s bad for Americans’ wages.

Instead, the long-term impact of the drip-drip-drip of demographic change has been denied and hushed up as nothing to worry about. Only in the last few years when the negative effects have become obvious has the tune been changed to: Americans and Europeans have _always_ favored massive demographic inundation from abroad. That’s who we are.

But this is a rewrite of history.

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From the NYT:

Hillary Clinton Gets Tepid Response at Black Activist Conference

A week after her husband had a tense encounter with black protesters, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday received a lukewarm response from a gathering of black leaders and voters in New York.

Speaking at the annual conference of the National Action Network, the civil rights organization founded 25 years ago by the Rev. Al Sharpton, Mrs. Clinton declared that “America’s long struggle with racism is far from finished” and presented an agenda that included overhauling the criminal justice system and eliminating lead as a major public threat within five years of taking office. A scattering of audience members occasionally applauded.

Mrs. Clinton focused on specific policy items, including expanding low-income housing tax credits, matching $10,000 in savings for a down payment for blacks who lag behind whites in home ownership, and a new plan “to fight environmental justice across America.”


Hillary is going to give $10,000 to blacks for down payments?

It’s a little hard to grasp exactly what Hillary’s version of George W. Bush’s Minority Homeownership push is supposed to do, but I think the NYT garbled that. I suspect Hillary’s plan is more nominally colorblind. But the funny thing is that virtually nobody will complain about the Times saying that Hillary will just give blacks $10,000 for being black.

… The gathering was somber this year, as Mr. Sharpton and other keynote speakers bemoaned that in January a white president will be inaugurated to replace the nation’s first black president. “It’s going to be a real hard day for us,” said Angela Rye, chief executive of the consulting firm Impact Strategies, who spoke before Mrs. Clinton.

Addressing the crowd, John D. Podesta, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chairman and a former aide to President Obama, said, “I don’t just want it to be the first time a white president replaces a black president, but the first time a woman replaces a man president.”

The crowd was silent.

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