JAPANESE BASEBALL SENSATION Yu Darvish is now playing with the Texas Rangers. He was roughed up a bit during the first inning of his MLB debut last week but he came back to earn the win against the Mariners.
The game was somewhat marred by a collection of racist events.
First, the Rangers commissioned a new hot dog in Darvish's honor - the Yu Dog. It comes with a fortune cookie.
Then, a TV analyst called a hit by Ichiro a "chinker."
Finally, there were these, er, fans in the above image.
What should the journalists do with these instances? Should they run a story and photos of the events? Or, by highlighting the ignorance of a few small-minded folks, are the journalists in fact perpetuating/ spurring on the racism?
Keep in mind that we are in a post-Jeremy Lin era, when an ESPN writer was fired after crafting a headline that read "Chink in the Armor" after Lin and the Knicks lost a game.
Check out this SNL spoof of the Jeremy Lin excitement, and the racism that followed in the mainstream media.
Photo by US PRESSWIRE via Larry Brown Sports.
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