NBA star Lebron James made some shocking racial comments in the first episode of his new HBO show “The Shop.” James admits that it took him “a little while” to accept white people after he started attending an “all white” Catholic School at the age of 14. He claims that going to school with white people was a culture shock when he enrolled at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio.
“When I first went to the 9th grade in high school, ‘I was like, I’m not f–ing with white people,’” he said, “because I was so institutionalized growing up in the ‘hood. It’s like, ‘They don’t f—k with us, they don’t want us to succeed.’
“So I’m like, ‘I’m going to this school to play ball and that’s it. I don’t want nothing to do with white people,’” he recalled thinking at the time.
“That was my initial thoughts and my initial shock to white America, when I was 14 years old, for the first time in my life,” he added. “It took me a little while to adjust to it.”
According to TMZ, “James explains where these ideas came from … telling the guys his upbringing conditioned him to be distrustful of white people, which represented oppression to him since he grew up disadvantaged.”
So far there has been very little backlash about these remarks. But could you imagine if a white person said this about an African-American?
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