By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Shame On James Lebron James And Darfur
SHAME ON JAMES LEBRON JAMES AND DARFUR ” IT’S NOT MY PROBLEM “
Time to add LeBron to the List now it’s
The Big 3
Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and the new member of the Corps of Detached SuperStars LeBron James. Who has earned his membership for going so far as refusing to sign a former teammates petition condemning the slaughter of African children, women and men in Darfur, Sudan. If only they had worn LeBron signature Nike sneakers to they Slaughter then James could have justified adding his special signature to the petition.
Now you might call this Old News
it happened last year but one year
later not a word from James
about Darfur or other Abuses
Now here we go again into that never ending circular discussion do athletes in particular Black Athletes have any kind of responsibility to do anything but play Ball. And make Money. That is certainly their right in the United States and most places in the World but just as much certainly not the case in China and other countries run by Dictators. Where athletes are vehicles of state power and propaganda.
If James does not want to sign a petition condemning Genocide in Sudan assisted by the Chinese government paying billions to these Murderers in return for their Oil that is LeBron James right here in the United States. He also has no need to speak out against repression in Tibet or closer to home the plight of too many African Americans. or lack of adequate health care, or horrendous schools, or lack of opportunity. Etc., etc. …..
None of it is LeBron’s responsibility
any more than it is anyone’s
At the same time since he is selling himself to America and the world on and off the Basketball Court making many millions from his fame and the various products to which he attaches himself neither do the rest of us need to treat him as just any old anonymous individual who should not be picked out for special attention.
It is Special Attention which he and Nike and all his other corporate endorsement sponsors crave. Attention has made LeBron rich beyond imagination. The only problem is if he thinks he has a right to only POSITIVE attention having made himself such a visible figure in the Sports World and beyond.
That is where any ambiguity ends. Just as BASN and the Box have presented lots of stories about LeBron and his Basketball and his success and his records there is no basis for him claiming be it stated or unstated that he is available for the coverage he wants but not that which he does not want that he or his handlers claim have nothing to do with him.
LeBron is fair game for criticism
about anything he does or does
not do because he has invited
that kind of attention because
he is marketed as a figure of
“authority” by the NBA by
Nike and others qualified
to sell us what they want
us to buy well LeBron
we have the same right
to expose your Flaws
” I DON’T GET INVOLVED ”