Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson saw the hateful racial slur spray-painted all over a well-known Filipino food truck in Utah on social media and he couldn't remain silent on that. "F--- C----s" and an offensive image of a face with slanted eyes was sprayed on the side of the World Famous Yum Yum Food Truck last weekend, and it didn't take long for the images to reach Clarkson's phone.
The Utah Jazz guard and NBA Sixth Man of the Year this season knew he had to do something after seeing the graffiti of the derogatory ethnic slur and hurtful image often used against Asians. "If you want me to be real honest, my first reaction was, 'This is bulls---!'" Clarkson told ESPN on Thursday.
"I was just like, we can't be f---ing doing this. Those were the exact words that came out of my mouth to my boys, my family and everybody that was around me. So they were like, let's do something [about it]. "There's just no room for that," Clarkson added, "especially right now.
It's been tough, tough years on this earth, this country, this world. There's a lot of stuff going on. I feel like us together, and everybody finding a peace, will make things a lot more comforting in this world. We ain't got no room for the hate no more.
That's got to go out of the window real quick."
The Jazz understood Clarkson's reaction
After seeing what happened, the Jazz invited the truck owners and employees to the team's Game 2 versus the Los Angeles Clippers.
"I didn't even want this to really get out," Clarkson said. "My team was like, do you want to go public with this or not? And I was kind of like no in the sense of, I want to do this out of straight love and support.
But for them, they came to me and said you got to show the people that you are there for them and let them know that you are supporting them, and that is what I am doing. I am here to support, show love and just try to make a change.
That's it." Many Asians are living in fear in the United States as hate towards the Asians has been on the rise since the coronavirus pandemic. "It is a big thing that we are trying to really change and really be a part of, especially here in Utah," Clarkson said of trying to create awareness and combat racism and racial inequality.
"It is kind of a worldwide thing that is going on that you see is a movement with everything. Black Lives Matter, Stop Asian Hate, all of these things are being put into really the eye of everybody now because everybody has social media, everybody has phones. I feel like a lot of this has been going on for a long time."