I was very disappointed The Decision garnered immensely more national attention than the Johannes Mehserle verdict and find it utterly disgusting the conversation devolved on all fronts when a much larger racial issue was developing in Oakland.
How is this relevant you ask?
When Blacks think racism, we think death. Oscar Grant died. LeBron James did not.
The main issue is how Dan Gilbert’s emotion could potentially ignite some crazy ass backlash against a 25 year old kid simply controlling his own interests.
Did you notice LeBron’s face when ESPN showed the burning jerseys? He was shook. He has a family people. Get with it.
Jesse was just doing what he does and if he didn’t interject where would the conversation be right this very second?
I can’t speak for Whites but I will say as soon as race is pushed to the fore, some folks tune everything out and begin making excuses why race isn’t a factor before deciphering what is factual and what is not (I’ve been writing a piece but I’m taking my time to ensure my thoughts are right and exact).
Absurd reaction from our Romanesque society and the subsequent letter from Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert exemplifies that sentiment.
Cleveland has a right to be upset but Dan Gilbert must understand who he is and judge his emotions accordingly instead of pandering to the emotions of a fan base very angry and sad.
Dan Gilbert’s letter was written with money in mind. Period. Gilbert has made at least 100 million during Lebron’s career owning the Cavs.
Cash cow LeGone.
Bomani Jones gets it right and is very eloquent stating what is being missed by a mainstream most definitely afraid to talk about slavery in any instance. Props Bo. We don’t see eye to eye a lot of times but I stand with you here.