Sacramento Kings scrap planned T-shirt giveaway after DeMarcus Cousins takes issue – ESPN 



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  1. Avatar Will Truman says:

    Well… I think all in all Black History Month trumps Chinese New Year.Report

    • Avatar notme in reply to Will Truman says:

      Of course it does, #blackholidaysmatter.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Will Truman says:

      I’m curious about the people involved in making the original decision, particularly their race and ethnicity. If Boogie and Johnson were the first Black people to see the shirts and they immediately recognize the potential for offense, then that seems to indicate that the Kings operation staff probably needs some (one?) Black people on it.

      I’d chalk this up to well-intentioned but short-sighted endeavor that was rectified appropriately. But it didn’t need to be short-sighted. And our expectations should be higher.Report

    • Avatar Damon in reply to Will Truman says:

      Really? So you’re endorsing the idea that “some people” are more important/better than “other people”?

      That’s very animal farm of you. Maybe that should be added to the convo over here…

    • Avatar Glyph in reply to Will Truman says:

      Just as grist for the “whose holiday celebration trumps” calculus, it appears that as of 2010, Asians comprise a larger minority than African-Americans do there, both in Sac and CA:

      Now, obviously not all those Asians celebrate Chinese New Year, but let’s say they did…would it be culturally insensitive to them, to tell them the symbol of their celebration is unwelcome due to another, smaller minority’s celebration?Report

      • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Glyph says:

        I would subscribe to the idea that one trumps another. What I think you had here was a group of white folks saying, “Let’s celebrate Chinese New Year!” without really thinking it through. I think there were ways to commemorate the holiday (which wasn’t actually on February 1, as best I understand) including mentions of which animal’s year it is, in a way that didn’t risk offense.

        Like I said above, I think this was poorly thought out. I think they could have given each thing (I’m not sure BHM is a ‘holiday’…) its full due without offending either group.

        I also haven’t heard any pushback from the Chinese-American community, locally or other. Which doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. I just haven’t heard it. It is possible they’re offering it a big shrug because “Year of the Monkey” shirts given out at a basketball game may feel as relevant to their holiday as giving out Reindeer socks at a soccer match in Russia. Or something.Report

      • Avatar Mo in reply to Glyph says:

        @glyph The game isn’t even on Chinese New Year or at the home game closest to Chinese New Year. If this event happened on Chinese New Year, you would have a point. However, there is another home game, that is closer and still before Chinese New Year. It’s not even like the shirt giveaway was happening on a weekend. The only tie that this game has with Chinese New Year is that it was in the same month. There’s no reason why they couldn’t do the Lunar New Year celebration at tonight’s game. I would also note that pretty much every other team playing Feb 1 did a Black History month celebration.Report

  2. Avatar Stillwater says:

    Chinese racism busted by Boogie!Report

  3. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Any other year, the cultural appropriation police would have got them anyway.Report

    • Avatar notme in reply to Kolohe says:

      Who would have been gotten? I wonder if a white shirt with a monkey on it would have drawn the same ire? I think any holiday sharing stage with black history month would be considered insensitive. There can be only one!Report

  4. Avatar Troublesome Frog says:

    This seems to be another one of those cases where a lot of offense and upset could be avoided if people just remembered the phrase, “Not everything is about you.”Report

  5. Avatar Kim says:

    Purple monkeys on black shirts from a sports team named Kings just screams New Orleans to me.Report

  6. Purple looks like they’re calling the Lakers monkeys.

    OK with me.Report