A perennial NBA all-star openly copped to the fact that going to an all-white prep school was just a means to an end for him, and that he didn’t really care for his white classmates in a stunning display of race-realism that has become completely acceptable in mainstream media.
“Took me a while to adjust to it … I was like, I’m not f*cking with white people, that was my initial thought to white America,” LeBron James said on HBO’s “The Shop.”
“I’m going to this school to play ball, and that’s it,” he said. “I don’t want nothing to do with white people, I don’t believe that they want anything to do with (me). Me and my boys we going to high school together and we here to hoop.”
James had hardly ever been around white people before attending St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in Akron, OH, and he immediately realized that he was not there to make friends – especially not white friends – but rather to use the majority-white school that regularly churns out top athletes to further his goal of playing professional basketball.
The author of this article can sympathize with James’ pain.
As an Arab, I too attended a predominantly white high school where I was forced to f*ck with white people on a daily basis. I did not even have the privilege of playing basketball. It was one of the most trying times of my life.
But like King James, I was better for it. The institution was impeccable. I learned discipline, received a first-class education, and even managed to make a few white friends.
He may be one of the world’s best basketball players, but James and many of his colleagues appear to benefit from what CNN would call “black privilege,” a phenomenon which has made it possible for the NBA to be comprised predominantly of black athletes. Indeed, 90% of NBA players are black.
America will have to fight hard if it wants to curb the inequality and racial divide in the NBA.
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