‘Being black in America is tough’: LeBron James vents after mansion vandalized with racist graffiti

He may want to have a talk with Morgan Freeman on this.

The gate leading to the walled Los Angeles estate of NBA legend LeBron James was spray-painted with the n-word Wednesday, leading him to conclude that “Being black in America is tough.”

After his $20 million estate was vandalized, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward described the incident to reporters at Oakland’s Oracle Arena, and claimed that it was proof that “racism will always be a part of the world and a part of America.”

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James evoked the memory of Emmet Till, a black 14-year-old who was lynched in Mississippi for whistling at a white woman.

“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.”

James was born 29 years after Till’s 1955 murder. He continued his thoughts on race relations in America.

“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.”

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Three years ago, CNN’s Don Lemon asked veteran Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman about race and wealth inequality in America.

“Do you think race plays a part in wealth distribution?”

Freeman, who’s generally considered a Hollywood liberal, didn’t give the CNN host the answer he’d expected.

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“No, I don’t. You and I are proof,” Morgan told Lemon. “Why would race have anything to do with it? Stick your mind to what you want to do and go for that. It’s kind of like religion to me — it’s a good excuse for not getting there.”


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