Lakers star LeBron James condemned the scenes in Washington, DC, and shared the feeling that the response from law enforcement could have been much worse if the perpetrators had been black.
On Wednesday, large numbers of violent protesters stormed the United States Capitol after descending into the city for a rally organized by President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that his re-election loss to Joe Biden was fraudulent.
MORE: Lakers Hoping To Visit White House After Biden Takes Office, Report Says
Five people are confirmed dead and dozens arrested after gruesome scenes at the headquarters of democracy in the United States on the day the Electoral College certified Biden’s victory, with some people able to force access to private offices and take Photographs on Vice President Mike Pence’s chair, as members of Congress were forced to flee under escort. Tear gas was used in the Capitol Rotunda as part of a non-lethal means of dispersing the crowd.
Wizards guard Russell Westbrook said the outcome would have been “totally different” if the vast majority of the attackers had been African-American. His teammate Bradley Beal said that compared to the police handling of the Black Lives Matter protests last year, the response lacked the same “sense of urgency.”
76ers coach Doc Rivers shared that sentiment, saying, “Basically, it proves the point about a privileged life in many ways. I’ll say it because I don’t think a lot of people want: Can you imagine today if those were all black? storming the Capitol and what would have happened? “
MORE: Celtics, Heat play with ‘heavy hearts’
And James, who had 27 points, six rebounds and 12 assists in the Lakers’ 118-109 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, said the black community has endured a difficult week following the Capitol riots and news that The police officer who shot and paralyzed Jacob Blake in Wisconsin in August will not face charges.
“Obviously the last few days have been very, very tough for anyone in the black community,” James said. “We got the news in Memphis with the announcement of Jacob Blake and the police officer was fired and then seeing what happened in our national capital, inside the Capitol.
“We live in two Americas. That was a great example of that yesterday, and if you don’t understand that or you don’t see that after seeing what you saw yesterday, then you really need to take a step back, not even a step, maybe four or five. or even ten steps back.
Ask yourself: How do you love your children, or how do you love your grandchildren, how do we want America to look, how do we want to live in this beautiful country? Because yesterday it wasn’t like that.
“Being part of a household with three children, two boys, a daughter, a wife, a mother-in-law, so many blacks in my home during that time and it’s on TV, I couldn’t help but wonder if those of my kind would storm the Capitol … what would have been the result? I think we all know. “
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.