By Denise Williams
Racism has always been alive and well in the United States since African people were enslaved. People of color have suffered horrific acts of violence at the hands of ignorant racists who believe people of color should be suppressed. Since Donald Trump has become the nation’s 45th president, racially motivated acts of hatred and aggression has increased exponentially. NBC News has reported hate crimes have risen twenty percent since 2016. The report went on to say that this sharp rise in criminal activity is the result of the nation’s last election. In addition to African Americans, crimes against Muslims, lesbians, gay, bi-sexual and transgender Americans has also increased.
LeBron James, three-time NBA champion is no exception. The 32-year-old experienced an assault on his property. He was not at home at the time of the incident. It was reported through Los Angeles police spokesman Norma Eisenman on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the N-word was spray painted on the front gate of James’ home. Although Ms. Eisenman declined to say what racial slur was used, other news outlets reported the word “nigger” was spray painted on the gate that led to the James family estate.
In a statement, LeBron was thankful that his family was safe but he also spoke about racism in the United States. He stated, “Hate in America for African Americans is living everyday”. He was also cited as saying “I believe that’s why women like Emmett Till’s Mom left the casket open and showed everybody in the world what her son went through because of hate”. Emmett Till was a 14-year-old teenager who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 by an angry mob of white men because he whistled or cat called to a young white woman.
LeBron stated for “Blacks, especially black men, there isn’t a level of success that can repel racism in the U.S.” LeBron often speaks out against racism and has always encouraged the public as well as professional athletes to get involved in their communities.