— Jason Whitlock thinks LeBron James doesn’t deal with real racism because he isn’t poor.
— The real impact of racism is felt among the poor, he added
“Racism is an issue in America, but it’s primarily an issue for the poor. It’s not LeBron James’ issue.” – @WhitlockJason pic.twitter.com/6IqMTxIRg9
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) 1 June 2017
“I think it is a disrespectful inconvenience for LeBron James,” said Whitlock of the incident. “He allegedly had the n-word spray-painted on his $20 million Brentwood home. He wasn’t there. His family wasn’t there. He heard about it.”
Whitlock says he felt like James was acting like a victim while speaking about the vandalism to reporters and claiming that being a black man in America is tough.
“Racism is an issue in America but is primarily an issue for the poor. It’s not LeBron James’ issue,” said Whitlock. “He has removed himself from the damages and the ravages of real racism. He may have an occasional disrespectful interaction with someone, a disrespectful inconvenience.”
Whitlock seemed to have the biggest problem with James comparing his situation to Emmett Till, an African-American teenager who was brutality murdered in Mississippi in 1955 at the age of 14.
“The people that murdered Emmett Till got off, an all-white jury let them off, there was no real investigation, the whole town was against him. LeBron’s $20 million Brentwood home gets vandalized and I see two or three police cars trying to get to the bottom of it. LeBron’s staff, I’m sure, cleaned up the spray paint within hours. This ain’t Emmett Till,” said Whitlock
LeBron James responds to the vandalism incident at his home pic.twitter.com/goMoicIIit
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) 31 May 2017
“LeBron needs to quit embracing his victimhood because he’s not a victim and it’s a terrible message for black people,” said Whitlock.
Whitlock says the real impact of racism is felt among the poor.
“When they graffiti your name in Compton or one of these poor communities in Los Angeles, it’s a death threat and there is some family safety concerns. But when your family is in Cleveland and you live in a $20 million estate — unless O.J. got paroled this week, there ain’t a whole lot going down in Brentwood.”
Whitlock finished his thoughts by saying the hardest thing to be in America is poor.
“This message that we are constantly pumping out to young black people that we’re just victims and oh my God the worst thing in the world is to be black in America, is just not true. The worst thing to be in America and anywhere on the planet is poor. Go do the numbers, go do the stats. If you’re poor, regardless of color, you’re catching hell in America and on this planet,” said Whitlock.