LeBron’s Greatest Legacy: Social Activism

The Basketball Legend Continues to Amaze Me — Off The Court

George Floyd graffiti.
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I will forever believe that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player in the history of the planet.

But where I continue to marvel at LeBron James (his closest “rival” for that title) is in his amazing and consistent social activism. Because of the events of this week, James opted once again to speak out on the still enormous racial and social divide in the United States:

“DO YOU 🤬🤬🤬🤬 UNDERSTAND NOW???!! I know the answer to that. You still don’t cause no matter what happens you still won’t be [judged], looked at crazy, chained, beaten, hung, shot to death cause of the color of your skin!!!! 2 AMERIKKKAS we live in and it was at FULL CAPACITY LIVE IN DIRECT yesterday in our [Nation’s] CAPITAL AT THE CAPITOL!!🤦🏾‍♂️😢😢😢.” — @KingJames

The above passage was written by James, and posted on Instagram. He concluded the post with the hashtag: #IPrayForBetterDaysForMyPeople.

For the folks who don’t understand some of LeBron’s language in the obviously emotional diatribe, I’ll explain a bit. He deliberately misspelled the word “America” to include three capital letter “K’s,” signifying obvious KKK overtones in large segments of the country who subscribe to racist ideology and benefit from the double standards present during the shocking insurrection at the Capitol building Wednesday.

Hip hop legend Ice Cube famously titled his 1990 solo debut album, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted in similar fashion for similar reasons.

Same shit. 31 damn years ago. Before then and after — to right now.

LeBron has spent the vast majority of the last decade using his considerable platform to highlight countless injustices in the Black community. Nine years ago, he spoke out and took a strong stand in the Trayvon Martin murder.

Since then, the Black victims have piled up and he brought or added widespread awareness of the injustice surrounding their murder or shootings:

Eric Garner.

Michael Brown.

Aavielle Wakefield.

George Floyd.

Jacob Blake.

Breonna Taylor.

Last year, James and other sports stars created More Than a Vote, an organization to help increase African American voter registration. That was a clear middle finger to President Trump, for whom LeBron has made no secret of his dislike. In other words, the basketball legend wanted to do anything in his power to help deny Donald a second term.

And I’m sure his efforts helped Joe Biden’s victory on some level.

As a Black person, I look forward to more guidance from LeBron James. There’s nothing that he will ever do in professional sports that will eclipse the timely leadership with which he serves us Negros during these troubling times.

That’s fucking awesome in my book.

Personal Development Writer | Deante Unlimited podcast, Host | Deante: Under Construction web series, Star | Deante Young Enterprises, Chief Creative Architect

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