The racist, mocking, slant-eyes gesture by the Astros’ Yuli Guriel to Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish in Game 3 of the World Series may have been no biggie to some.
But it struck out with The Brew’s Fern Shen.
“When you are on the receiving end of that kind of ugly behavior, you don’t forget it, even after decades,” she wrote in a New York Times op-ed published yesterday.
“It’s been half a century since my classmates did the slant-eyes thing, talked in gibberish to make fun of Chinese speakers or sang this obnoxious little ditty,” she noted:
Mother Chinese (corners up)
Father Japanese (corners down)
Daughter cuckoo (one of each).
She and other Asian and Asian-American people were left disgusted not just with Gurriel’s gesture and the slur he uttered, she said, but with Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s “slick and spineless handling of the incident.”
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