Sportswriter Jason Whitlock is used to being controversial, but he may have bitten off more than he can chew in his most recent decision to give his honest assessment of a situation.
Let me set the scene. On Wednesday, LeBron James made a statement revealing that his home had been attacked and defaced by an unknown assailant who left a racist message for the NBA superstar. The racist and hateful message (which was evil) led the basketball icon to compare himself to young Emmett Till, who was murdered by racists in Mississippi in 1955. James also said “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’ve got a long way to go, for us as a society and for us as African Americans, until we feel equal in America.”
What happened to LeBron James was horrible. Whoever defaced his home should be arrested and thrown in a cell for a while. Racism is evil, and our nation will be better off when we finally purge the evil of racism from our land. But he’s wrong. He’s just wrong, and that is the message that Jason Whitlock (who is also African-American) delivered during a scathing monologue on Fox Sports.
Whitlock argued that James had embraced a far-left “victimhood” narrative and that almost everything James had said was completely wrong.
“I get when I was a young person some people called me a bad name, the n-word, whatever, it hurt my feelings. But did it stop me from rising? Hell no! Stop Lebron James? And you know Lebron’s comment about no matter how rich you are, no matter how famous you are, it’s tough being black in America. That is a lie!”
“It’s not tough being Oprah Winfrey, it’s not tough being Lebron James. It’s not tough being Jason Whitlock. When I leave here today, I’m gonna drive to Wilshire Boulevard, get out of my car, and throw the keys to my car to some white or Latino man who’s gonna say, ‘Mr. Whitlock, anything I could do for you today?’ I’m gonna walk into my building with a concierge, probably black, [will say] ‘Mr. Whitlock, I got a package for you, anything I can do for you today?’ Then I’m gonna go to my fourth-floor apartment, and continue to do whatever the hell is I wanna do.”
“To sit here and say, ‘Oh my God, my house was vandalized in L.A., and on the eve of this greatest sporting event, I am traumatized – it’s just not true.”
Whitlock further argued that the reality is that in America today it’s much harder to be poor than black.
It’s a tremendous monologue and Whitlock is now catching a lot of flack on social media for being willing to buck the liberal narrative.
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