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Let me be clear on this matter; the Black athlete is not a slave, he is an exploited worker trapped in a Capitalist system. Although Black professional athletes will push back against the following assertion, the truth is that their financial windfall has placed them in a position of indifference regarding the issues of poor and working-class Americans. Although I understand the Black athletes desire to equate his status with those of their enslaved ancestors, it is nonetheless a significant reach. The latest to make this clunky analogy is none other than LeBron James. James’ statements occurred during the most recent episode of “The Shop.” According to the basketball star, In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality. And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f— I tell y’all to do. Or we get rid of y’all.’ The players are who make the ship go. We make it go. Every Sunday, without Todd Gurley and without Odell Beckham Jr., without those players, those guys, there is no football. And it’s the same in the NBA. There is a consensus throughout the nation that there is much to celebrate about LeBron James, I tip my hat to his entrepreneurial endeavors in the educational and entertainment arenas. Why LeBron James is Wrong In his Insistence that the Black Athlete is a Slave It is a familiar argument that falls short on every level. The case that I am alluding to is the…


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