I posted this in the "What's wrong with Jeremy Lin" thread, so if you have read it there then no need to read it twice.
If not, please do read this and understand it's importance. It is easy to dismiss because it seems so harmless, but that does not absolve us of the responsibility to do and act right.
William Golding wrote a short tale (with a fitting titular acronym), Lord Of the Flies. In this story he delves deeply into a powerful motif and commentary on humanity: us and them.
Here is the quoted post:
LOF. Lin Only Fan. It seems innocent enough. It describes exactly what it is. Like so many other words (or in this case acronyms); it's not the arrangement of letters that define it, but the meaning and purpose people put into it. The term has most definitely gone beyond a descriptive term to a derogatory one that condescends and marginalizes a group of people. This is not acceptable.
I have used it unwittingly myself. Recently, it was pointed out to me that the term is offensive. At first I balked at the idea. I have since come to realize that the term, while itself innocent, is not wielded with innocence. I could run off a litany of other terms that started off "innocent", and we all know how that ends.
Today, I propose that we recognize bigotry when we see it and nip it in the bud. From this point forward the term "LOF" is no different than any other derogatory word, or term, used to describe a group, sect, race, or religion. I regret that myself, and others, inadvertently stooped to that level. We all know better. We all are better then that. It ends here.
I'm not looking to instill shame in anyone. I think we will all be happy to leave the past in the past and move forward into continued discussions about Jeremy Lin and his shooting, passing, salary, usage, haircut, life choices, boxers/briefs, and use of social media--all very important things that everyone, except me, is wrong about
I will leave the comments section open. If anyone has a thought they would like to share feel free. I think now is a good time to be open and honest. Jeremy Lin isn't going anywhere anytime soon so it is best that we all find a place of mutual respect and understanding.
Thanks for reading, everyone.