“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”

With covfefe and Kathy Griffin dominating the news (OY!) and continued understandably breathless coverage of the Russian collusion/Comey stories, some stuff kinda maybe flew under the radar.  I thought this would have been a bigger story in normal times.

Someone spray painted “Nigger” on LeBron James’ house in Los Angeles.  Yes, LA.  My first thought was “someone in Cleveland defaced King James’ home? NO!”  No, of course it wasn’t Cleveland. Of course, why should it be anywhere?  James eloquently invoked Emmitt Till in his thoughtful comments.

As I sit here on the eve of one of the greatest sporting events that we have … race, and what’s going on, comes again, and on my behalf and my family’s behalf. I look at it as, if this is to shed a light and continue to keep the conversation going, on my behalf, then I’m OK with it.

My family is safe, at the end of the day they’re safe, and that’s the most important.

But it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America. And hate in America, especially for African Americans, is living every day. And even though that it’s concealed most of the time, even though people hide their faces and will say things about you, and when they see you they smile in your face. It’s alive every single day.

I think back to Emmett Till’s mom, actually. It’s kind of one of the first things I thought of. The reason that she had an open casket is because 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 got a long way to go for us as a society, and for us as African Americans, until we feel equal in America.

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