Jason Whitlock, sports writer and apparent expert on race matters, chimed in on LeBron James‘ recent experiences with racism and the Cleveland Cavaliers star’s comments about a racial incident. Whitlock says that James doesn’t experience the kind of racism that’s worthy of outcry in his opinion.
Sporting News writes:
“I think it is a disrespectful inconvenience for LeBron James,” said Whitlock of the incident. “He allegedly had the n-word spray-painted on his $20 million Brentwood home. He wasn’t there. His family wasn’t there. He heard about it.”
Whitlock says he felt like James was acting like a victim while speaking about the vandalism to reporters and claiming that being a black man in America is tough.
“Racism is an issue in America but is primarily an issue for the poor. It’s not LeBron James’ issue,” said Whitlock. “He has removed himself from the damages and the ravages of real racism. He may have an occasional disrespectful interaction with someone, a disrespectful inconvenience.”
Whitlock and others have been taken aback by James’ assertion that the spray-painting issue was akin to the lynching of Emmett Till and other similar struggles of the Jim Crow days. Whitlock hammered home the point that racism is mostly felt by poor people and that James and those of his ilk are outside of racism’s clutches.
We need to have a little of what Whitlock’s been smoking because last we checked, James is still Black in America.
And folks from his own network are giving Jason Whitlock the necessary business.