Being LeBron in America is Tough

LA police report that LeBron James’s Brentwood home was vandalized by someone who spray-painted the n-word on the front gate. In a news conference about the incident, LeBron told us that

“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough,”

Set it to music, LeBron.

And not rap music, because everyone alive knows that any rap song uses the same word an average of a dozen times. Per stanza.

The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, though police have yet to identify a suspect –or even evidence that a crime was committed:

The graffiti, which included the N-word, was on an outer gate of the residence, said Los Angeles police officer Aareon Jefferson.

Officers were sent to the home about 6:45 a.m., but by the time they got there, the graffiti had been covered up by property management staff, police said. (emphasis added)

The case is being investigated by personnel from the LAPD’s West Los Angeles Station. According to TMZ.com, investigators are looking for security footage from neighbors that may show the suspect or suspects.

LeBron James’s net worth is estimated at $340 million. He wasn’t in LA at the time of the incident, because the 9,440 sq. ft. house in Brentwood, which he purchased for 20.9 million in 2015,  is not his primary residence.

That would be this one, in Bath, Ohio.

“You know, hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day,” James told reporters at an NBA Finals news conference in Northern California.

Here’s his digs in Miami:

Not bad for a poor, oppressed black man in America.

There are 330,000,000 Americans. Add the non-citizen population, and you get approximately 350,000,000 people in America who did not commit a hate crime against LeBron James.

There are, in round numbers, 7 billion people on planet earth, approximately 7 billion of whom wouldn’t mind changing places with LeBron James.

To all appearances, LeBron James is blessed of the gods, enjoying the life of a sultan because of his talent at playing a game. Few, especially on the Right, would begrudge him his wealth, which he himself earned, while also enabling others to make a great deal of money.

The jarring note is the complete lack of gratitude, the lack of awareness that his good fortune was not inevitable, that in other circumstances — in other countries –he might not be living such an enviable life.

He enjoys wealth and freedoms that most human beings do not even imagine for themselves, while pretending to be a victim. And reminding us all of a spoiled child.

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2 thoughts on “Being LeBron in America is Tough

  1. As an outsider I don’t know the guy or most of the issues. Personally I am colour blind and race blind. All that matters to and with me is belief and core values—if someone demonstrates my values, I like him. Her. It …

    Which explains my deep vibrant loathing for any belief systems that not only allow or merely recommend but actually require behaviours I regard as abhorrent.
    If someone demonstrates him/her self as unworthy of my respect—they don’t get it.
    Otherwise it’s “live, and let live” … would that everyone did the same.

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