“Being black in America is tough”
Vandals painted a racial slur on LeBron James’ Los Angeles home on Wednesday morning, and police are treating the graffiti as a hate crime. James spoke about the incident at press conference today. He discussed his decision to talk about the incident saying, “I look at it as, if this is to shed light and keep the conversation going, then on my behalf, I’m OK with it,” comparing his decision to the decision by the mother of Emmit Till, who held an open-casket funeral “because she wanted to show the world what her son went through … being black in America.”
“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,” James said. “We got a long way to go for us as a society, and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America.”
James added, “It goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America. Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living everyday.”
Earlier this year, James came to the defense of Baltimore Orioles’ player Adam Jones, who was the victim of racial slurs. Today, Jones tweeted his support for James.