LeBron James: ‘It’s about us’ – Fayetteville Observer

Most big-time athletes take their big-time paychecks and keep quiet about controversial current events. But basketball great LeBron James has proven to be more from the Jim Brown and Muhammad Ali school of speaking out. Last week, James called for healing in the wake of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a woman was killed, allegedly by a Nazi sympathizer in a car attack. The only way for us to get better as a society and for us to get better as people is love, said James, at an event for his LeBron James Family Foundation in Sandusky, Ohio.

James, who was holding his daughter, did not stop there: It’s not about the guy that’s the so-called president of the United States, or whatever the case. It’s about us. It’s about us looking in the mirror. Kids all the way up to the adults What can we do better to help change?

Last year, James campaigned for Hillary Clinton in his crucial swing state of Ohio, so was not a fan of Trump from the beginning. But he is more motivated by issues of racial justice. He has frequently commented or tweeted on the killings of black men by police. As the NBC News website reminds, the Cavaliers star will not shy away from using his 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame to make a powerful visual statement as well. Before a game in 2014, he wore a black T-shirt that said I cant breathe, the words uttered by Eric Garner, who was choked to death by New York City cops. In 2012, when James played for Miami, he and has teammates wore hoodies in memory of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teen shot to death by a community watch leader.

James willingness to speak out has come with cost: In May, as he competed in the NBA Finals, one of his homes was vandalized with racial slurs. He used it as a teaching moment: If this incident that happened to me and my family today can keep the conversation going and can shed light on us trying to figure out a way to keep progressing and not regressing, then I’m not against it happening to us again. Myron B. Pitts


LeBron James: ‘It’s about us’ – Fayetteville Observer

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