LeBron James, who has become a billionaire playing basketball for a living and through countless business and endorsement deals, took time out of his day on Monday to endorse incumbent U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock (D-GA) because he would help black people, like James, from being oppressed.
Yes, a cultural icon is playing the oppression card to influence people to vote for the candidate that will fix the oppression he and black people still (apparently) face in America.
“We’ve been oppressed for so long,” James said. “Obviously, I had the More Than A Vote initiative when we was in the bubble. I was very active with that. So many musicians and athletes and leaders was able to come on board with us. But we’ve been oppressed for so long. They told us we couldn’t vote. They told our women — our Black women — they weren’t allowed to vote for so many years. But they continue to reprimand us or do things to us in our community to harm us and harm our family. And we sit here and wonder why and what’s going on. ”
If your eyes are rolling at this point, I don’t blame you. Political and “oppression” lecturing from people who have risen to achieve more than most under the greatest government and economic system in the world is not only hypocritical and ungrateful, it’s frankly annoying.
James was alluding to a controversy last year in which a Georgia law that put tighter restrictions on mail-in voting was characterized as an attempt to prevent black people from being able to vote (surprise, that wasn’t even close to what the law did). Georgia never told black people “they couldn’t vote,” like James would have you believe, they simply were trying to increase voting integrity, rendering his oppression argument invalid. Furthermore, early numbers show that more black voters have shown up to participate in this year's general election than in years past.
Not only is James wildly off in his assessment of the cultural landscape (no shock there), his endorsement has apparently not been enough to give Warnock a clear-cut victory as of Wednesday. At this writing, he sits less than a percentage point away from getting the required 50 percent to win the seat, with challenger Herschel Walker close at his heels. If no clear winner is elected, a runoff election will be held on December 6.
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