LeBron James’s old ‘The Shop’ interview has resurfaced on social media, with his ‘I don’t want anything to do with people’ comment.
With the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movements picking up in the US and all around the world, some fans are trying to question LeBron James’ comments from his interview in ‘The Shop’. A lot of those comments have been shown out of context, and a few fans are already trying to malign LeBron James.
Did LeBron James say he hates white people on ‘The Shop’?
“The Shop” co-produced by Lakers star LeBron James is a free-flowing conversation platform where various superstars talk about their experience in a barbershop.
LeBron commented about his perception of white people before entering the high school in the pilot episode of “The Shop”. For the first time LeBron was around white people in his Catholic high school and this is how he felt
“When I first went to ninth grade and to high school, I was on some, like, ‘I’m not f—ing with white people,’ ” the new Los Angeles Laker said. “I was so institutionalized, growing up in the ’hood. It’s like, ‘They don’t f— with us. They don’t want us to succeed.’ ”
Since people on social media share & comment on out of context quotes, here’s the full “I’m not fucking with white people” comment from LeBron on #TheShopHBO
— David Astramskas (@redapples) August 29, 2018
James was brutality honest during the interview and recalled the way he thought 20 years ago, upon entering St. Vincent-St, Mary High School. I’m like, ‘I’m going to this school to play ball, and that’s it. I don’t want anything to do with white people. I don’t believe that they want anything to do with me. I want no friends. It’s me and my boys, we going to high school together, and we here to hoop.’ ” said four-time MVP winner that white people never saw before.
According to James, the price of living a good life in America is to be a white Individual. No matter how much fame or money you have, if you are Black you have to pay the price.
Fans then tried to clear the air for people who had been calling LeBron a ‘racist’ himself. LeBron had simply been narrating how things were for a young black kid, and how he felt because of all the discrimination that he had suffered while growing hope. The hate was not because of race, but because of how he and his friends had been treated.
Maybe I missed something but how are white people getting offended? As a white guy, I’m not shocked that he felt that way headed into a super white school. Hell I’ve felt that way too, let me do what I’m here to do and get out.
— Zach (@Zach8608) August 29, 2018
James has been local vocal in terms of racial injustice
LeBron has used his fame to bring a social change in American society for the injustice that Black Community has to face on a daily basis.
LeBron was engaged in protests against the death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed on Feb 23 by two white people. James posted on Instagram regarding the same.
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We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the heavens above to your family!!🙏🏾✊🏾❤️ #StayWoke #ProfiledCauseWeAreSimplyBlack😢😢
3 Time Nba Champion was also active in the recent movements for the death of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin a police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8:4 minutes which resulted in his death. James in his twitter post voiced his felling and wrote: “why does not America love us”.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 31, 2020
Lebron has expressed about the perception he has for white people in high school and the problems that Black Community has to face in America. However, he has not said anything clearly that he don’t care for white people and has nothing to do with them.