Tuesday, August 03, 2010

LeBron James A 'Runaway Slave'?

by Larry Elder - July 15th, 2010 - World Net Daily

Is NBA star LeBron James a victim of racism? The Rev. Jesse Jackson thinks so.

When James decided to leave his hometown team to play elsewhere, the owner of his former team accused James, among other things, of "cowardly betrayal." He felt jilted, and his team suddenly lost perhaps half its market value. Maybe before commenting the owner should have taken a cold shower.

Jackson, however, sees RACISM: "(The owner's) feelings of betrayal personify a slave-master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave." "Runaway slave"? The owner, Jackson implies, would have reacted differently had James been white.

In an imagined discussion between Jackson and a hypothetical assistant, Larry has the assistant note; "Slave, sir? The owner signed LeBron to a sign-and-trade deal for $110,000,000."

The entire article is typical of Larry at his best. I am sorry I missed it when it first came out. It has been a while since I have checked in on Larry Elder and this article is a perfect example of why I love his work.


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