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The Cheek of this Motherf**er

By Petr Knava | Social Media | August 9, 2018 |

By Petr Knava | Social Media | August 9, 2018 |


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The absolute cheek of this motherfucker.

The raw, high grain, undiluted, moonshine-fire bleached eyeballs rocket fuel-strength cheek of this grotesque court jester hatemonging motherfucker:

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LeBron James, the basketball superstar-turned wonderful altruist, is, of course, building a school. Or, as Dustin more accurately put it:

[I]f you guys don’t know about this school already, it’s essentially one of the most thoughtful, generous, incredible acts of charity ever performed by a celebrity. LeBron has built a school for at-risk kids, a school with a food pantry, where all the kids get free bikes, where kids not only get free tuition to the school, but free tuition to college, and the parents get free job training. It’s an incredible school, and it’s going to change a lot of lives for the better.

Of course, the fact that citizens of the wealthiest nation in the world have to rely on the charity of a kind-hearted millionaire celebrity in order to get a decent start at life is a travesty of the highest order. It speaks volumes about the nature of a particular strand of American-flavoured capitalism that the person officially in charge of schooling is actively trying to destroy the infrastructure behind that schooling, while a poor kid who grew up to be one of the fortunate few disproportionately rewarded by an otherwise unforgiving, exploitative system is taking a stance on trying to rescue kids otherwise abandoned by it. That is not how the world should be.

Nevertheless, that’s how it is. And LeBron James did not build that system. He was just born into it, and with the help of some good fortune and an immense amount of hard work, he managed to rise through to one of the highest levels within it. He’s not at the top—that’d be the captains and owners of industry and their ilk—but he’s right up there, just one level lower. He came from nothing and ascended to the heavens. And you know what? A lot of people rise to LeBron’s level. Sports stars, actors, musicians. Sometimes they come from a similarly disadvantaged background. When you come from that kind of place, you remember. You remember what the struggle is like. How crushing it is to live underneath the feet of a system that does not care about you, and how every little bit helps.

But not all of those who remember act on it. LeBron does. It is far beyond the power of a single person, even one with the means that LeBron has, to enact the kind of wide, systemic change that is so desperately needed. But the man is doing something. Outside of the world of political policy, he’s actually doing a lot. And for that, he deserves all the praise in the world.

Of course, some are just hardwired to actively deny that praise. To downplay what LeBron is doing, to play at fallacious deflection, to engage in racist dog whistling, just to try and score cheap points in the hyper-polarised partisan circus that is American political theatre. In that theatre, and to someone like racist Bill O’Reilly’s racist fan base, there are code words. ‘Chicago’, ‘poor people’, ‘unprecedented violence’. Everyone knows what those things really mean.

It’s cynical, it’s racist, and it doesn’t even make any fucking sense!

Luckily, the good part of Twitter gets it.




Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.



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