LeBron James is celebrated, but ‘nothing in the world more powerful than white women’ would be racist

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Pro basketball player LeBron James has been busy lately drawing lines of separation between black and white in America, and his latest endeavor along this line appears to have ticked off white women.

At least that’s the take of Black America Web, a website that targets the African American community and lifestyles, in response to a pair of Instagram posts from James last month that celebrated “colored women” who appeared on the cover of September issues of top magazines — women such as Beyoncé, Rihanna and Tracee Ellis Ross.

James shared the Vogue cover, along with the caption: “Nothing in this world is more POWERFUL than Colored Women!! Thank you all for continuing to not settle and setting great examples in life for so many looking up to you for inspiration/guidance and love!! My daughter is watching! #WomenPower.”

Black America Web detailed some responses to the posts that criticized James for singling out women of color and not including ALL women.

“It’s been my reality all women have endured oppression. He’s a huge public figure in the US. I wish he used this status for all women and he didn’t,” read one comment.

“We are all equal, so yes it is racist to say nothing is more beautiful than a colored woman when in reality each person is just as equal as each other,” another comment on the post read.

“I feel like if I were to say ‘nothing in the world is more powerful than white women’ it’d be racist,” said yet another.

As seen last week on James’ HBO show “The Shop,” the NBA player with a net worth well over half a billion dollars removed any doubt about his racist tendencies when he opted to complain that white athletes are treated better than he is during a segment featuring NFL player Odell Beckham Jr. — the New York Giants’ flamboyant receiver said that he felt like a zoo animal while whining about fans not respecting his privacy.

James said on another episode of his show that when he was in high school, he wanted nothing to do with white people.

“When I first went to the ninth grade in high school, I was on some ‘I’m not f***ing with white people,’” James said. “I was so institutionalized growing up in the ‘hood, it was like, ‘They don’t f*** with us, they don’t want us to succeed.’”

The reaction online to James’ Instagram posts may suggest there’s not much hope for civilization after all.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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