One of the problems we have in the Black Community is that we waste our time bickering and fighting with each other about stupid stuff rather than dealing with the problem at hand.
Going after LeBron James, someone who has done a lot for the community, a person who has spoken out about social issues before and someone who has empowered many black men and women in his business ventures is completely asinine.
The focus should be on Tamir Rice to make sure his death wasn’t in vain. There are about 450 players in the NBA, the majority of them are black, so to single out LeBron takes the focus away from Tamir Rice, the cops, our jacked up society and unfairly puts a burden on LeBron that people wouldn’t put on themselves. If LeBron wants to speak out, sit out or not do anything that is his choice, he shouldn’t be forced to do and it doesn’t make him any less black regardless of that choice.
LeBron was asked about the hashtag and here is what he had to say.
“I caught a little bit of it from my folks on the side saying that you guys might ask me about it, but I have no knowledge,” James said. “I’m not much of a social media guy. I‘m on it, for sure, but I’m not always looking at what’s going on in it.”
“First of all, I think I’ve been very outspoken about what I believe in,” James said. “What hits home for me, what I am [knowledgeable] about,” he said.
“But I think the most important thing that we all need to understand, the most important thing, this issue is bigger than LeBron. This issue is bigger than me; it’s about everyone. And gun violence and tragedies and kids losing lives at a young age, some way, somehow we need to understand that that matters more than just an individual.”
LeBron has more power than most, but that doesn’t mean YOU DON’T HAVE POWER. Are you just tweeting or are you doing everything within your power to help the situation? What have you done in your community? Who have you help? Are you spending all your time being a crab in a barrel or are you doing things to try make our situation as a race and community better?
It is easy to tweet LeBron and tell him to go against his employer, but are you willing to do the same? Are you willing to make those sacrifices if you were in his shoes? Stop waiting for athletes and entertainers to do something, start doing something yourself. This isn’t a basketball game we are talking about it is REAL LIFE. LeBron has sons, you think he doesn’t know what is going on? You think by not answering your hashtags that means he doesn’t care? How stupid are you?
LeBron James isn’t the villain here and shouldn’t be treated as such. He has done absolutely nothing wrong and by playing basketball he is able to help more black people than anyone of the people who are tweeting disgusting things about him. Sadly, no one could save Tamir Rice on that fateful day, but LeBron has saved many young people throughout his career.
To make this about LeBron and not about the cops that shot a child to death within two seconds or a prosecutor who tried to make a child playing in the park seem like a career criminal ready to shoot up a school is sickening.
Social media does a lot of good and has brought to light a lot of injustices, but it also has a tendency to lose focus and attack people who have done absolutely nothing to warrant it. That is what they want us to do.
They want to divide and conquer us, they want us going after each other. You want to start a hashtag start #NoJusticeNoKevinLove because the problem is white people seeing black people as a threat for no other reason than being black.
The issue has always been no matter if you are LeBron James or just Dave James if you are black, law enforcement will always see you as a bigger threat and shoot on sight just become the color of your skin.
It is something that we live with everyday that we can be murdered by police and they will get away with it. I’ve seen it with my own eyes way before Mike Brown put eyes on Ferguson.
Use your time and energy in a more productive way because this fight is bigger than you, me or LeBron. The only way we can make it better is by working together, not tearing each other apart.
RIP Tamir Rice