LeBron James: ‘Being Black In America Is Tough’
After LeBron James’ Los Angeles home was vandalized by someone who spray painted the n-word on his front gate, the Cleveland Cavaliers star said Wednesday it doesn’t matter how famous you are, “being black in America is tough.”
“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,” a solemn James said to reporters.
“You know hate in America — especially for an African American–is living every day. And even though that it’s concealed most of the time, and you know people will hide their faces,” James added, “it’s alive every day.” (RELATED: LeBron James’ Home Vandalized With Racist Graffiti)
James is currently one of the most prominent players of the NBA and one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball, but that didn’t prevent the vandalism outside of his home.
“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, you know, being black in America is tough,” James admitted.
“We got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African Americans until we feel equal in America.”