As you’ve no doubt read by now, LeBron James and Maverick Carter have both claimed there’s a racial element in the way backlash over “The Decision” has played out since last June. It’s really not the most insane suggestion ; just last month, ESPN.com’s Vincent Thomas pointed out that Brett Favre’s Q rating hadn’t taken nearly as much of a hit as LeBron’s, and you could certainly argue the public has every right to be equally fed up with the former. Still, the Bleacher Report’s Kyle Bunton — perhaps the most thoughtful, incisive commentator on multicultural matters since, well, Steve Lyons, feels compelled to argue, “we are talking about the NBA folks; this isn’t the days of old when people like Martin Luther King Jr. were trying to make racism a non-issue in America.”
When Cleveland Cavalier fans were burning his jersey, it wasn’t because he was African American, it was because they felt he betrayed them as a basketball player. If all this was because of race, people would have been making Lebron dolls and lynching them around Cleveland. As Americans, we do have a sense of tribalism, where we support our own race before other races. It doesn’t mean we hate another race, it just means our race is our comfort zone and its hard to get out of a comfort zone. Look at it this way, it is like a Caucasian driving through the ghetto four deep with a tail light out, or an African American pulling up to a country club with “bumpin” and having spinning rims. Those are not situations we are comfortable with, so we stay in our comfort zones.
We don’t care that you are African American or Caucasian, we don’t like you because of what you did and how you did it, don’t make excuses because you can’t handle the criticism now, just like you couldn’t handle the criticism in Cleveland. He thought it was bad in Cleveland, imagine if he doesn’t produce the 5,6,7 titles he says they will win. The worse is yet to come Lebron, hope you are prepared.