I just listened to Jason Whitlock‘s talk with Colin Cowherd about Lebron James and racism. The Atlantic says the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that LeBron James was the victim of an apparent hate crime Wednesday morning when a racial slur was written in graffiti on the front gate of his L.A. home.
Lebron James had a couple things to say about the vandalism:
According to the Atlantic, James also said “one of the first things that came to his mind when he saw the graffiti was the mother of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American teenager who was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955.”
Jason Whitlock was talking to Colin Cowherd and had plenty to say about Lebron’s comments.
Here are the most noteworthy things that I heard from Whitlock…
“Lebron James has fallen into the far left [philosophy that there] is value in embracing your victimhood.”
“[Lebron’s] comments analogizing any part of this to Emmit Till is preposterous.”
“Racism is an issue in America, but it is primarily an issue for the poor. It’s not Lebron James’s issue. Lebron James, whether he likes it or not, or whether people close to him are telling him or not, he has removed himself from the damages and the ravages of real racism.”
“Lebron’s staff, I’m sure, cleaned up the spray paint within hours. This ain’t Emmit Till. And we need to quit. And Lebron needs to quit embracing his victimhood, because he is not a victim. And it’s a terrible message for black people.”
“I’m 50 years old. I’m grown. I get when I was young person, some people called me a bad name, the N-word, whatever, it hurt my feelings. But did it stop me from rising? Hell no.”
“Lebron’s comment about, uh, no matter how rich you are or no matter how famous you are, it’s tough being black in America. That is a lie. It’s not tough being Oprah Winfrey. It’s not tough being Lebron James. It’s not tough being Jason Whitlock.”
“When I leave here today, I am going to drive to Wilshire Boulevard, get out of my car, and throw the keys to my car to some white or latino man whose going to say, ‘Mr. Whitlock, anything I can do for you today?’ I’m going to go into my building, the concierge, probably black, is going to say, ‘Mr. Whitlock I got a package for you. Anything I can do for you today?’ And then I’m going to go up to my fourth floor apartment and continue to do whatever the hell it is I want to do. And I ‘m not nearly as rich as Lebron James. And so to sit here and act like Lebron, Oprah, me, and a bunch of people in between have some miserable life . . . . That’s not our existence. That is a lie.”
“Where the real impact of racism is, is among the poor.”
“This message that we are constantly pumping out to young black people . . . that we are just victims . . . and the worst thing in the world is to be black in America is just not true.
“The worst thing to be in America, and anywhere on the planet, is poor. … If you are poor, regardless of color, you are catching hell in America and on this planet. Lebron has risen above poverty to that special elevated place we have in this society where pretty much nothing can bother him.”
Many people and media outlets disagree with Jason Whitlock’s thoughts about Lebron and race. The Root published an article with the following headline: Jason Whitlock, Please STFU About LeBron, Racism, Everyone, Everything Forever. Deadspin’s headline proclaims: Coworker, Athletes Give Jason Whitlock Shit For Criticising LeBron On Racism.
I think Jason Whitlock is wrong about his belief that Lebron James has removed himself from the damages of racism. I also think he is wrong in his assertion that racism is primarily an issue for the poor. However, I think Jason Whitlock is right to speak out against the victim mindset. Also, I think Whitlock is right to push back against any attempts to create connects between the vandalism that occurred with James and the crime that was committed against Emmit Till.
What do you think?
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Your problem isn’t ideas. Your problem is you don’t act on them.
Every second you spend thinking about what somebody else has is taking away from time that you could create something for yourself.
“In the long run, what you become while you are trying to get the victory is more important than the victory itself. It’s just unfortunate that sometimes you can’t recognize that while you are immersed in the struggle.”
Don’t Just Send A Dozen Roses
Be a little creative next time you want to give your guy or girl a dozen roses. Make sure that one of the roses is a different color from the rest. Then attach a note that says something along these lines: “You’re the one who stands out from the rest.”
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I recently posted a video about the three types of people I think you have to forgive in order to make 2017 your best year.
When I talk to my friends, relatives, clients, and prospective employees about their lives, they often recount the ways that they have been wronged by someone at some point in life. It happens so often that I am convinced that everyone has been wronged at some point, in some way, by someone.
It is rare to find someone who has made it through childhood without being mistreated by another child or relative. It is more rare to find someone who has made it through his or her 20s or 30s without encountering bad relationships or employers who alter his or her philosophy of life. People get knocked down. People encounter adversity. It is an unfortunate part of living that is certain to occur over and over and over again. But life’s challenges do not have to break your spirit. There is something you can do in 2017 to change the course of your life.
Forgive and Be Free
The first step to freeing yourself is to free others through the act of forgiveness. For some, forgiving others is a hard thing to do. Some have difficulty forgiving others because they use the anger and resentment they feel as motivation. For others, forgiveness is a challenge because it is easier to blame others than to forgive others and accept personal responsibility for their positions in life. No matter the reason for refusing to forgive, the effects of holding negative energy cannot outweigh the benefits of complete forgiveness.
I advocate forgiving everyone who either has or is causing you to have negative feelings about yourself or others. However, there are three types of people that I will discuss in the paragraphs that follow.
These are three types of people that you need to forgive.
You have to forgive your parents. I am sure you know that your parents made mistakes when they raised you. But you should keep a few things in mind. First, except for those rare parents who had everything figured out before their children were born, parents are just ordinary people trying to figure out who they are while also raising their kids. Parents are flawed. And their children tend to place unrealistic expectations on them all the time. Second, in my experience most parents sincerely want their children to thrive in life but do not know how to make that happen. Third, to the extent that we are unwilling to forgive our parents for their past actions, we hamper the potential of our future relationships with our parents. It is hard to really value a parent (or anyone) when you openly or secretly resent the person for not meeting a standard that you set for the person.
The second type of person you have to forgive is what I call romantic partners: boyfriends, girlfriends, ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, husbands, and wives. Many people endure tremendous emotional pain and suffering in their relationships and marriages. Even in “good” relationships, you may find yourself doing things (moving, having or not having children, accepting or quitting a job, etc.) you did not want to do, because you thought it was good for the relationship. If the relationship fails, then you carry that experience into future relationships. And your future romantic partner(s) will suffer from your efforts to make sure that you do not make the same mistakes that you made in your previous relationship.
Learning from mistakes is a sign of personal growth. Staying guarded in relationships because of past pain may keep you safe, but it will also keep you from getting the best out of life.
I once heard someone use an analogy to boats that seems appropriate here. The person said you can tie a boat to the dock and keep it safe, but boats are designed to sail, not sit in docks. And so it is with your own life. By forgiving your romantic partner(s), you untie yourself. You free yourself to do what you were designed to do.
Finally, you must forgive yourself. You have probably done some things that hurt yourself and others at various points in your life. I suspect that you did some of those things on purpose and some of those things by accident. To the extent that you are punishing yourself for the things that you did, you are hampering your ability to grow. If you truly regret the things that you did, then it is unlikely that you will repeat the behavior. So let go and grow.
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I recently watched an interesting speech that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg delivered for TED Talks. Sandberg provides the following advice for those women who are interested in having children and staying in the workforce: (1) sit at the table; (2) make your partner a real partner; and (3) don’t leave before you leave.
This would be a great speech to watch with your team, take notes, and then discuss.