Watch Lebron James’ Powerful Response After His Home Is Vandalized With Racial Slur — ‘Hate In America Is Living Every Day’

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LeBron James had an emotional and powerful response after his Los Angeles home was vandalized with a racial slur a day before the NBA Finals.

ICYMI, police are now investigating the incident as a hate crime after the n-word was found spray-painted across the front gate of the athlete’s Southern California family home in Brentwood.

On Wednesday, the father-of-three took the opportunity to shed light on how racism in America is “living every day,” no matter who you are or how much money you have:

“As I sit here on the eve of one of the greatest sporting events that we have in sports, race and what’s going on comes again, and on my behalf and on my family’s behalf. But I look at it as, if this can shed light and continue to keep the conversation going on my behalf, then I’m okay with it. ├óΓé¼┬ª It just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America. Hate in America, especially for African Americans, is with them every day. Even though it’s concealed most of the time, people hide their faces, say things about you. When they see you, they smile in your face. It’s alive every single day.”

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The visibly-upset basketball star went on to remember Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African American boy who was lynched in Mississippi back in 1955:

“I think back to Emmett Till’s mom, actually. That’s one of the first things I thought of. The reason she had an open casket was that she wanted to show the world what her son went through as far as a hate crime, and being black in America. 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.”

The 32-year-old later added in an interview with ESPN that his concern remains with the safety of his family, but he’s willing to be used as an example to shed light on racism in America:

“I still understand how race plays a part in America. For me to be here and have to answer questions about racism, it just lets me know that it’s still here, and we should all know that. If it takes for someone to spray my gate, and use that derogatory term, that hate, on my family to shed a light on what the real issue is in the world, then so be it.”

He added:

“The most unfortunate part is that I can’t be home right now. I can’t be home to see my kids. My little girl is actually too young to understand it right now. I can’t sit in front of my boys right now, and I won’t be home until next week. It’s kind of killing me inside right now. My wife is unbelievable, my mother, my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, they’re going to do a great job when they get home from school today.”

As for the Cavs‘ big game against the Warriors tonight, LeBron said:

“At the end of the day, I’ll be focused on, on our game plan, and focused on these games. I’m at a point in my life where my priorities are in place, and basketball comes second to my family. I will be as focused as I can be on the job at hand. This is a situation where, it puts me back in place as far as what’s actually more important. Basketball is not the most important thing in my life.”

Watch his press conference addressing the issue (below)!

Let’s keep this very important conversation going!

[Image via Twitter.]

Jun 1, 2017 10:56am PDT

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