LeBron James, the renowned basketball star, was the victim of a racially motivated attack on his property in Los Angeles on Wednesday. An unknown assailant allegedly wrote the n-word on the outside of James’ home with spray paint.
While speaking to reporters at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, James discussed the trials of being black in America and also about the incident in specific.
“I think back to Emmett Till’s mom, actually,” James said. “That’s one of the first things I thought of. The reason she had an open casket was that she wanted to show the world what her son went through as far as a hate crime, and 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. We’ve got a long way to go, for us as a society and for us as African Americans, until we feel equal in America.”
Following accusations of whistling at a white woman in Mississippi back in 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager of only 14 years of age, was lynched to death.
Authorities have confirmed that the racial moniker had been spray-painted on the front gate of one James’ homes in Los Angeles, according to The Washington Post.
The LAPD has also said that it would investigate the incident as a hate crime.
James continued and said:
“As I sit here on the eve of one of the greatest sporting events that we have in sports, race and what’s going on comes again, and on my behalf and on my family’s behalf. But I look at it as, if this can shed light and continue to keep the conversation going on my behalf, then I’m okay with it. My family is safe. They’re safe, and that’s most important. It just 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 with them every day. Even though it’s concealed most of the time, people hide their faces, say things about you. When they see you, they smile in your face. It’s alive every single day.”