Jeremy Lin spoke out against the rise in targeted attacks against Asian-Americans in the wake of the Atlanta-area shootings that left eight dead

Jeremy Lin spoke out on Wednesday against the rise in targeted attacks against Asian-Americans in the wake of shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors that left eight people dead, the majority of them women of Asian descent, leading to fears the killer had a racial motive.
Lin, who plays for the Golden State Warriors G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, was speaking in an interview with CNNs Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night. The 32-year-old point guard made headlines in February after revealing that he was called coronavirus on the court without saying when or where it happened.
The first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, Lin said the violence in Georgia was the natural progression of an escalating trend hes observed over the past year.
It feels very different, Lin said. Growing up it was always something that might be a little bit more subtle or verbal, but I think what were seeing right now is a lot of physical, actual violence, lives being taken, a lot of Asian-Americans who are looking over their shoulders when they go outside, when they go to the grocery store. And were starting to slowly see more and more reporting of what is going on, but this is something that is definitely hitting different.
He added: It feels like its happening more and it feels like its getting worse. Even for me, Im starting to question: If I speak out more, am I encouraging more people to have even more hate? By other people seeing these headlines, are we encouraging more people to do more crazy things and to hurt more Asian-Americans? Its just a very fearful thought process.
Lin went on to criticize the inflammatory rhetoric of Donald Trump, whose use of racist terms in reference to the coronavirus has been credited with stoking anger and violence against the Asian-American community.
The previous administration and the rhetoric that was being used, Lin said. You can even hear in the audio recordings, the cheers, the laughs, when it was called the Kung Flu Virus and everybody was cheering. I think theres just a lot of racially charged hatred right now that were seeing and feeling.
He continued: Asians have always been projected as being others or outsiders. Were starting to see a lot of those microaggressions turn into actual acts of violence and it is really hard to watch. So I encourage people to watch these videos to see this is actually happening. These are real stories, real lives.
We cant stop speaking out, we cant stop fighting and we cant lose hope. If we lose hope, thats the end of it.
Lins remarks came three weeks after he went public about an act of racism he experienced while playing with the Warriors team in the NBAs developmental G League at its bubble venue in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The G League launched an investigation after Lin said he was called coronavirus on the court, prompting the veteran to speak up about the incident in a heartfelt Facebook post.
Being an Asian American doesnt mean we dont experience poverty and racism. Being a 9-year NBA veteran doesnt protect me from being called coronavirus on the court, Lin wrote. Being a man of faith doesnt mean I dont fight for justice, for myself and for others. So here we are again, sharing how we feel. Is anyone listening?
Lin played 29 games for the Warriors as a rookie in 2010-11, then went to the New York Knicks and gained the popularity that spawned the nickname Linsanity. A Taiwanese American, Lin was born in the Southern California city of Torrance but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Lin, who last year pledged up to $1m to coronavirus relief efforts, said there was a generational shift in Asian Americans.
Something is changing in this generation of Asian Americans. We are tired of being told that we dont experience racism, we are tired of being told to keep our heads down and not make trouble. We are tired of Asian American kids growing up and being asked where theyre REALLY from, of having our eyes mocked, of being objectified as exotic or being told were inherently unattractive. We are tired of the stereotypes in Hollywood affecting our psyche and limiting who we think we can be. We are tired of being invisible, of being mistaken for our colleague or told our struggles arent as real.
I want better for my elders who worked so hard and sacrificed so much to make a life for themselves here. I want better for my niece and nephew and future kids. I want better for the next generation of Asian American athletes than to have to work so hard to just be deceptively athletic.
Lin followed that post with another the next day, saying he did not plan on publicly outing the player who used the term.
I know this will disappoint some of you but Im not naming or shaming anyone, Lin tweeted. What good does it do in this situation for someone to be torn down? It doesnt make my community safer or solve any of our long-term problems with racism.
In addition to his stints with the Warriors and Knicks, Lin has also played for the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks and in 2019 became the first Asian-American to win an NBA championship, doing so with the Toronto Raptors.