LeBron James is one of the most popular athletes in the world, so it is good to see him speaking out against hate and violence in our country.
James said earlier on Tuesday that although hate has always existed in America, he thinks Donald Trump “made it fashionable again”.
At an event later that day with Jordin Sparks, James spoke candidly about the events in Charlottesville, VA in which racists, white supremacists, alt-right demonstrators, and neo-Nazis gathered and clashed with counter demonstrators at a “Unite the Right” rally, culminating in the death of three people including Heather Heyer.
James spoke to the crowd about having to use love to conquer, and encouraged folks to ask themselves what they could do on a daily basis to help make a change.
Those are some pretty strong public words from a major athlete. One can only hope that more come forward to speak against racism through education and contributions to the public sphere.
Good on James for using his opportunity and celebrity in order to further the resistance against neo-Nazism in America.