NBS Superstar LeBron James is about as famous and beloved in the African-American community as you can be.
However, after recently sounding off on the unrest in Ferguson (and around the country), LeBron may find his popularity waning.
The basketball phenom criticized the rioting in Ferguson and other locales, wondering how effective that method could actually be.
What does that do?” he asked. “What does that actually do? Just hurt more families, hurt more people, draw more attention to things that shouldn’t even be going on instead of people going to the family’s household and praying with them. And saying, ‘Things are going to be great.’ You know, ‘Mike Brown is in a better place now,’ and ‘Trayvon Martin is in a better place now.’ That’s where it should be. I mean, burning down things and shooting up things and running cars into places and stealing and stuff like that, what does that do? It doesn’t make you happy.”
“As a society how do we do better and stop things like this happening time after time!! I’m so sorry to these families. Violence is not the answer people. Retaliation isn’t the solution as well,” he wrote.
James then went on to insist that the problem isn’t just a Ferguson issue, that it is “much bigger than that.”
“It’s not just one instance,” James said. “It’s not just Mike Brown or Trayvon Martin or anything that’s going on in our society. I think it’s much bigger than that. Like I said last night, violence is not the answer and retaliation is not the solution.
My prayers and best wishes goes out to the families of anyone that loses a loved one, especially a kid today.”
LeBron makes some very good points, while also saying things that I’d likely disagree with – but the overall message is spot on. Rioting/violence is not the way to solve any of our cultural or civic problems – all it does is retard progress. If you want to move forward it has to happen without the vitriol and hate being spit out by many of the protesters.
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