Skip to comments.The Letter a Sports Icon Should Pen to All Americans
Posted on 09/08/2020 4:40:09 AM PDT by Kaslin
Professional athletes, many being minorities, have a unique opportunity to spread a positive message about America as a land of opportunity that, while imperfect, has a calling and destiny unlike any in the world.
Such a message would bring hope, healing and encourage a Yes, we can mentality to millions of all backgrounds.
Instead, LeBron James and other professional athletes have collectively spread a false narrative that our nation is systemically racist and inherently bad. In so doing, they fuel racial tension, perpetuate a victim mentality and perpetuate civil unrest.
By their fruits ye shall know them.
The fruits of LeBrons message cause and will continue to cause violence, lawlessness, racial unrest, and a No, I cant mindset, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Are there no professional athletes with the courage to take the noble track of a more correct perspective? Are all sports icons so cowed into being woke that theyre powerless to speak the truth forthrightly? Is there a single player on the court, or in the field, ready to differ from teammates? Or, even at the zenith of fame, do athletes succumb to peer-pressure and groupthink.
Heres an opportunity for the greatest players in sports to deliver a message of unity and healing. They could be the heroes we need and immediately effectuate great change.
Heres the letter LeBron, or another hero-of-our-day, ought to write:
To my fans and others:
Where would you rather be?
Seriously. We have problems, but Im living proof that if you work hard and do everything you can to the best of your abilities, you can make it!
You may be thinking. I cant be LeBron and dont have his skills. Well, maybe you have other skills and talents, skills that I do not.
If its not on the court, its elsewhere. Use those God-given talents, never give up and you will make it. And guess what? The best place on earth to have that chance is right here in the USA.
Even with the strife weve had, and still have, theres no place Id rather be and no place you will have a better shot. Compared with what our fathers and grandfathers had to go through, well, we have it made.
Im not saying its easy or that anyones going to roll out a red carpet. Everyone on the planet has struggles. Some are bigger than others, but we all have them.
Moreover, they dont go away!
Even with money and fame, its best you learn to deal with them. Not tomorrow, NOW. Be the person you were meant to be and learn, today, to overcome hardships, setbacks, and difficulties because they never go away. None of this is designed to discourage you, but this is part of life. The sooner you learn to address lifes inequities, the easier and happier yours will be.
Another question: Do you think life is supposed to be fair? It isnt! So if youve been dealt a bad hand, avoid self-pity. Guess what? Most people are dealt one. Of course, some have a paved road and seem to travel faster and further than you. So what?
Youll be stronger for dealing with all the bumps and bruises along the way.
Even hear of the parable of the talents? Some are given more than others but thats not the point. Its to do with what we have. And for those of you who have been given little, what a story you can tell when you make it!
What a life you can live inspiring others. Nobody wants to hear about the guy who was born with it all and was expected to do great things. Ok, maybe some people want to hear about that. But the real stories, the great ones, are from those who had nothing and then achieved that God-given potential.
Am I proud to be an American? Yes! We were founded on great principles and, although those principles took time to implement, as a nation we have continuously progressed to the ideal that all men are created equal. And you better believe it!
Youre as valuable as I or any other person on the planet. Were all Gods children, regardless of color, ethnic background, wealth, or poverty, famous or anonymous. Before identifying as anything else, know you are a child of God and he loves us all no matter what our circumstances, and me no more than you.
Is there racism in this country? Sure. But it doesnt permeate society like it once did. Dont assume people are against you because of their skin color.
Ive had people in my life of all racial makeups that have helped me to achieve my dreams. If you are sincere and work hard, most people will want to help you too.
Remember that it took a coalition of Americans to get to where we are today. Slaves could not have freed themselves; it took a coalition, a team, to make that happen. More white men fought to set slaves free than were seeking to keep them in bondage.
America is not systemically racist. Here youll find people of all colors and backgrounds ready to respect and assist you.
Lets work together, do the best with what we have, and heed Martin Luther King Jrs message about judging people by their character alone. Skin color is irrelevant.
What a game-changer this would be overnight.
This would be a real use of power to promote love AND self-reliance.
I still pray that someone with LeBrons stature steps up. In fact, he still could. But role models are few, and it would require breaking from the pack and possibly facing scorn.
LeBron, take that step!
Get serious! Most jocks are morons whose agents lead them around by the nose.
Lebron James makes Moushmouth and Shannon Sharpe sound intelligent.
He won't. He's too full of hate and CNN Kool-Aid but I hope I'm wrong.
Nobody would believe such a letter was anything but a fictional creation of some cash-strapped, desperate teams legal department.
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