first_imgShare on Messenger Share on Pinterest Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN)[email protected] hopes he’s honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by the way he lives his life & helps others. James talks about the need to remain united against racism despite efforts from those in power to divide the country and allow racism to have a voice today. 15, 2018 Jaylen Brown: ‘Sport is a mechanism of control in America’ Topics This year marks the 50th anniversary of King’s murder and James said he was aware of the civil rights leader’s sacrifice. “He took a bullet for all of us. Literally. In the rawest form that you could say that. He literally took a bullet for us. And for us to stand here even though we’re trying to be divided right now by somebody, today is a great day for people to realize how America was built and how we all have to stand united in order to be at one.”The majority of NBA teams are playing on Martin Luther King Day, and James said it was an “unbelievable” tribute from a league in which 75% of players are black. Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Donald Trump Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn On Sunday Trump insisted he is “not a racist” after he was widely condemned for reportedly describing some African, Central American and Caribbean countries as “shitholes”. James, who has been a consistent critic of Trump’s presidency, made his feelings clear again on Monday. “We are in a difficult state right now as Americans as well with the leader of our country,” said James, a three-time NBA champion and one of the greatest basketball players of all time. “But us, like I said, no matter the religion, no matter the shapes and sizes, we all have to continue to come together and shine a brighter light on, you know, I mean, [I don’t want to] use the word stupidity, but that’s basically what it comes down to.” US sports NBA Read more LeBron James Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Cleveland Cavaliers Support The Guardian Basketball LeBron James has spoken about the corrosive effects of racism – and aimed criticism at Donald Trump – on Martin Luther King Day.“The state of racism will never die, but what we cannot do is allow it to conquer us as people,” James said before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. “We can’t allow it to divide us. The guy in control has given people and racism … an opportunity to be out and outspoken without fear. And that’s the fearful thing for us because it’s with you, and it’s around every day, but he’s allowed people to come out and just feel confident about doing negative things. We can’t allow that to stop us from continuing to be together and preach the right word of living and loving and laughing and things of that nature. Because would we want to live anywhere else? I don’t think so. We love this place.” news Reuse this contentlast_img

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