LeBron James Says Donald Trump Has Empowered Racists

LeBron James has long used his platform to speak out against injustice and MLK Day has been no different.

“The state of racism will never die, but what we cannot do is allow it to conquer us as people,” James said as shootaround wrapped up ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ clash with Golden State.

Unsurprisingly, James spoke out specifically against US President Donald Trump, while still refusing to use his name.

“We can’t allow it to divide us. … The guy in control has given people and racism, and negative 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 livin’ and lovin’ and laughin’ and things of that nature. Because would we want to live anywhere else? I don’t think so. We love this place.”

James has long spoken out against the divisive beliefs and language of Trump, and he didn’t stop there when it came to his criticism of the President.

“We are in a difficult state right now as Americans as well with the leader of our country,” James said. “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.”

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(h/t ESPN’s Dave McMenamin)