THIS ARTICLE is a good one…LeBron James and how President Trump uses race.
“James did not hesitate to call out President Donald Trump for his penchant of using race as a wedge issue in his politicking.”
Can anybody remember a time when Obama used race as a wedge issue in politicking? Sure you can! A lot of them!
Trump didn’t distance himself from David Duke during the 2016 campaign and that was wrong. LeBron gets that right. But for LeBron to consider Trump racist for supposedly jumping to conclusions in Charleston, Ferguson, etc., when Obama started a LOT of this whole RACE THING we’ve got goin’ by jumping to his own ridiculous and biased conclusions in the Henry Gates break-in which prompted that stupid ‘beer summit?’
Actually, it’s a shame LeBron says he won’t ‘sit across from the president at a table’ because his interview isn’t all bad, in my opinion. Here’s a large part of that linked article…I want it here so all of you see it:
“Do I know that Trump’s “both sides” reaction in the wake of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, was born out of some sort of inchoate racism? No, I don’t. But what I do know is that equating peaceful protesters with white supremacists emboldens those who hold bigoted views. It affords them some semblance of credibility; the President said the counterprotesters were just as responsible as we are for this violence!
And, I don’t know that Trump’s baffling unwillingness to distance himself from Klansman David Duke during the 2016 campaign — Trump initially suggested he wasn’t familiar enough with Duke to offer an opinion about his endorsement — is the result of a deep-seated racism within the President. But I do know that by not forcefully condemning Duke from the get-go, Trump allowed the likes of Duke to appropriate his message and his campaign for their purposes.
The point here is that by playing in the swamp of racism — and weaponizing race for political gain — Trump has created a racial climate in this country in which people who hold those toxic views feel more empowered than ever to voice them without fear. Actions have consequences. If you talk about race — from Charlottesville to Colin Kaepernick to the Golden State Warriors — the way Trump has, there will be an element of people in the country who use those words as cover for their hateful views. If the President can say it — or suggest it — why can’t I? goes the thinking. If he’s not willing to condemn us, then why should we apologize for what we think and believe?”
Z: I agree with some of this… I can see how LeBron would think like he does. BUT, I also think politics is ugly and Trump may have ignored Duke because Duke DID bring in supremacist votes….Obama ignored Jeremiah Wright’s horrible rantings and ravings in his own church every Sunday because it played to the Black RACIST votes!! Right?
Ya, no side’s innocent of playing this way. I even hear Libs on TV saying it was a shame Trump uninvited sports teams to the White House, when it was the team members still coming were down to about two!! How would that have looked?
ANYWAY; all this to say I BELIEVE THAT TRUMP AND LEBRON SHOULD SIT DOWN AND THAT THE WORLD OF RACE COULD CHANGE THAT DAY. I BELIEVE TRUMP IS NOT A RACIST IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR MANNER. I BELIEVE LEBRON SOUNDS SENSIBLE ENOUGH THAT HE’D LISTEN. (this is purple text in honor of the Lakers, of course!)
BUT LEBRON WON’T MEET WITH TRUMP….BECAUSE OF OBAMA. PERIOD.
Do you think Trump and LeBron could make a difference together? I REALLY DO.