L.A. Lakers player LeBron James, the NBA star who fashions himself as “King James,” recently admitted that he was raised to hate white people.
James appeared in the new HBO talk show, The Shop, where he talked about the first time in his life that he was forced into constant contact with white people. He admitted that he hated the idea and was determined to stay away from those “fu*king” white people.
James was 14 when he was first thrust into constant and steady contact with white people after growing up in an all black neighborhood in Akron, Ohio. It was at 14 that he began attending a mostly white private Catholic high school so that he could better develop his budding basketball career.
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But, as Breitbart Sports reports, James was not happy with the idea of having to interact with white people.
In fact, James says that when he first started attending the school, he did not want to make any white friends among his classmates.
“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,” James admitted.
The newly minted Los Angeles Laker admitted that his “institutionalized” upbringing in the black community taught him that whites did not want what was best for him.
“I’m going to this school to play ball, and that’s it,” James said of his introduction at 14 years of age to white people. “I don’t want nothing to do with white people, I don’t believe that they want anything to do with (me),” he said. “Me and my boys we going to high school together and we here to hoop.”
“It took me a little while to kind of adjust to it,” James added.
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So, James admitted that he was brought up to be a racist against white people as a kid in the hood.
During that same show, football player Odell Beckham, Jr., seemed to insist that black athletes are treated like “zoo animals” with their fame.
Again, Breitbart Sports reports:
Beckham, for instance, complained about a particular incident where he was in a rush and didn’t have time to take a photo with a fan he encountered on the street. After Beckham brushed off the meeting, the fan began slamming the player on social media for acting like “an asshole.”
Remembering the incident prodded Beckham to exclaim that he feels people treat him “like a zoo animal:”
To me, I be feeling like, I tell people this all the time- I really feel like a zoo animal. Like that’s where life’s gone for me. You know, you used to take your kids to the zoo and we used to be like, you know, I want to see the lions or let’s go see the lions. And you go out there, and the lions are laid out. You know what I mean? And it’s like, why aren’t they doing lion stuff, you know what I mean? Like I’ve got people who call out, Odell! Dance! Like, I’m a show punk, a show monkey or something. Like I’m a puppet, you know what I mean? And it’s like to me, that doesn’t feel good, but it’s like, damn, that’s what life became. But, can you ever really detach from that?
LeBon James added that black athletes are never “good enough” because *racism*, ya know?
But all this is pretty much just the celebrity life, not *racism*. After all, every celebrity has this problem at one point or another. There is always a time where a fan feels a celebrity shortshrifted him in a meeting after which the fan went on to trash the star.
It’s the way life work, folks.
For James and Beckham to claim this is all exclusive to black stars is absurd.
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