Personally, I think that this whole debate is getting tiresome. Yet one
thing that is bothering me is that racism is being brought up to much.
I will not deny the fact that many westerners probably are biased against
Asians and do not believe that they are as athletic other people. I do
not believe this, yet I am suspicious of China's success.
I would be suspicious of any country that became *** in so many
sports so quickly, especially when that country did not have a history of
success in those sports. If the Australians, Canadians, or even the
Americans performed the way that many Chinese athletes have performed over
the past year I would be equally suspicious.
This does not mean that I feel that the Chinese athletes are using
steroids. Perhaps the success can be attributed to the soup, the worms,
Ma' workouts, or whatever else they've told us so far. However, China's
sudden explosion on to the international sports scene is cause for
suspicion, and those suspicions are not racially motivated.
The world was equally critical of East Germany's success in the 1970's, so
how do you explain racism in that example?
The fact of the matter is that most people in the sports world are
paranoid about foul play. Look at Ben Johnson or Diego Maradona. Here in
America, we are equally as concerned about fair competition on both the
amateur and professional levels. The NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL, and Major
League Baseball are all highly intolerant of steroid or other
performance-enhancing drug use.
In a final controversial note, I must state that China does not have a
good track record for honesty in the international community. You can
tell me that I'm brainwashed by the western media all you want, but it is
a fact that China has denied its atrocious human rights violations, its
treatment of Tibet, and the shocking amount of slave labor in that
After watching Deng Xiaoping tell Tom Brokaw on live television that there
was no demonstration or uprising in Tiannimen Square, I have difficulty in
accepting truth in anything the Chinese government says. I don't care if
anyone was hurt or not in Tiannimen Square, China has played down the
incident and denied the torture and executions of the demonstraters.
China's treatment of the whole affair has tarnished its reputation as an
honest nation for a whole generation of people.
And THAT is why there is a definite bias, although I do not feel that it
is racist, against China's recent success.