No, not cricket fields!

A xenophobic flyer was distributed during school board elections in the town of Edison, New Jersey. Under the header “Make Edison Great Again”, it pictured ethnic Chinese and an ethnic Indian candidates with their photos having the stamp “DEPORT” on them followed by the statement “Stop Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel From taking over our School Board”

But what caught my attention was one of the statements that indicated the lack of greatness of Edison and that was the increased presence of (oh, the horror!) cricket fields!

One can see why Trump supporters might view the presence of cricket fields with concern. Allow cricket to gain popularity and who knows what will come next? Tea breaks in the afternoon? Wearing of bowler hats? We all know that these things are what led to the collapse of the British empire.

Unfortunately for the anonymous Trumpkins behind the flyer, both candidates won. Running a xenophobic message may not have been a good idea when 45% of the town was born abroad.

Expect to see all the baseball and football fields in Edison replaced by cricket and soccer ones.


  1. Holms says

    Did you mean to say “…in either China or India”? Because while cricket is unknown in China, it is far and away the most popular sport in India.

  2. blf says

    Holms@2, No, I meant what I said. There are two countries who insist they are called China.† I will not make a decision which one, if either, should be called China. A long as they continue to have that fecking stupid argument (and especially continue to threaten war about it), I will continue to refer to “two Chinas”.

    I am aware India is a cricket-mad. As is (in the immediate area) Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka; also in the area, Afghanistan recently gained test status.

      † The official names do differ. Slightly.

  3. chigau (違う) says

    blf #3
    My very recent encounters with people from Taiwan have caused me to believe that the argument is not stupid to the people who are actually involved.
    The IOC has alot of power.

  4. sonofrojblake says

    Good grief what an uncivilised hole. Cricket is not played on a “field”, you ignorant morons. As any fule kno, cricket is played on a pitch. Cricket pitches. If you’re lucky. An entirely more grown up and mature place to spend your time than a baseball court.

  5. busterggi says

    How can anyone hate crickets? I often go outside at night when the weather is good and shout stupid questions just to hear them respond.

  6. drken says

    If you live here in NJ (especially the northern and central parts) and have issues with Asian people, you should probably move as they’re pretty ubiquitous around here (I’m in JC). I’d say at least 40 -- 50% of the families in my building are Asian (mostly Indian) and Wikipedia says ~24% of JC was Asian in 2010 (definitely higher now). Besides, except for the colored light hanging season being extended into October and the ability to get fresh Methi, having a large Indian population isn’t that different than having any other neighbors. Some people just like to hate.

    Also, Hoboken just got NJ’s first Indian mayor and he’s obviously not going to be the last. Personally, I can think of 2 cricket pitches in my general vicinity and I don’t even play (JC and Bloomfield), but I haven’t been to Edison in years. However, from what I’ve seen of it I’d be shocked if there wasn’t at least one or more of them in Edison or at least Middlesex County. Also, nearby Rutgers U has a very non-surprising active cricket club. Seriously folks, if you don’t like Asians, just move from JC. Everybody will be happier for it and it will make Edison great again.

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