Known liberal multimillionaire NBA star LeBron James appears to want in on the SJW action.
James is joining a group of other prominent “black athletes and entertainers” to start “a new group aimed at protecting African-Americans’ voting rights,” The New York Times reported June 10. James, along with others, are reportedly “seizing on the widespread fury against racial injustice that has fueled worldwide protests to amplify their voices in this fall’s presidential election.”
This is the same LeBron James, who drew ire for rebuking Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey for encouraging Hong Kong protestors wanting freedom from the Chinese Communist government.
According to The Times:
The organization, called More Than a Vote, will partly be aimed at inspiring African-Americans to register and to cast a ballot in November. But as the name of the group suggests, Mr. James and other current and former basketball stars — including Trae Young, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jalen Rose — will go well beyond traditional celebrity get-out-the-vote efforts.”
As The Times tells it, James is going to be using “his high-profile platform on social media to combat voter suppression and would be vocal about drawing attention to any attempts to restrict the franchise of racial minorities.”
The Times noted in a buried paragraph that, although James “said he had not yet talked to Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic nominee,” he did "not rule out appearing on the campaign trail.” James said, “‘We’ll see if we can help a candidate here and there.’”
James also said:
Yes, we want you to go out and vote, but we’re also going to give you the tutorial ... We’re going to give you the background of how to vote and what they’re trying to do, the other side, to stop you from voting.
Interesting, given that James said in his criticism of Morey regarding the Hong Kong protests that “yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that, too.”
The Times didn’t mention this hypocrisy at all, but instead chose to fawn over his activism:
In some respects, Mr. James’s activism reflects a return to an earlier generation of athletes who used their fame to speak out about racial equality and the Vietnam War with little regard to whom it might offend.