While watching a video of Jordan EBERLE talking about his participation in the You Can Play project, I noticed he said he would accept his teammates regardless of race or sexual orientation. As a second-generation immigrant from India, his mentioning race caught my attention.
But first, a little terminology. I've seen a lot of people argue over what counts as racist or what's politically correct. "Racism" itself is defined as prejudice or discrimination based on race. A related, but somewhat different, problem is stereotyping based on race. Most people, including me, mean both of these when referring to racism. I want to point out that this doesn't mean we should stop mentioning race. Your race is something that's a part of you, and pretending you don't notice that someone is black or white or purple doesn't solve anything. I talk about being "brown" all the time. So saying something like "most hockey players are white" isn't racist, it's an observation (whether or not it's informed), but "all hockey players are white" is.
Friday, March 23, 2012
The last two months of the Leafs' season has been almost surreal for me. At the beginning of February, it looked like this team was finally going to make the playoffs, for the first time since 2004, when I was just ten years old.
Monday, March 05, 2012
We teamed up with our friend Will to try and come up with a team Canada roster. After a lot of fruitless arguing, we decided we'd make our own rosters, and we did USA, Sweden, and Finland as well. The results were as follows: