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Lebron James says that, unless you’re a person of color, you won’t understand. Lebron James also has a net-worth of approximately $450 million.
He’s right, I don’t understand.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 24, 2020
The Daily Wire reported:
NBA star LeBron James is now focusing his increasingly political activism on allowing felons in Florida [to] regain voting rights.
Side note, before we go much further—the constitutional right to vote is denied based on an individual’s decision to opt out of society’s laws and conventions. Per the constitution, an individual is not denied the right to vote based on immutable traits, such as race or previous servitude.
The criminal justice system needs rehabilitation and reintegration programs for James’ stance to hold some merit, but he doesn’t present this at all. If people don’t have a reason to desire rehabilitation, or at least a system of incentive for doing so, the behavior becomes nothing but destructively cyclical. Additionally, a good portion of felons are so beyond even wanting to improve, irrespective of race.
All this will do is enable furthering the country’s self-destruction. James is working at the wrong end of the issue here. What about the cultural root?
James, a Los Angeles Laker formerly with the Miami Heat, dumped $100,000 into the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition on Friday through his “More Than A Vote” organization, which is comprised of black athletes and artists working to combat “systemic, racist voter suppression,” and promoted the cause via his large social media platform.
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“This is a fight about their constitutional right to vote being denied,” James tweeted out, linking to the coalition.
I mean, what’s the point of punishment through imprisonment if you’re still able to participate in a society whose laws you deliberately, or indifferently, don’t abide by? My face hurts from the sheer stink face I’m giving at how contradicting this is.
That’s like being grounded from your iPhone use but still being allowed to use a fully operational iPad without restrictions.
Also, I think it’s ironic that the left wants to take guns away from law abiding citizens, yet want to grant additional rights for those who break the law…
“The money is expected to help felons pay court-ordered financial obligations that keep them from completing all the terms of their sentences after they are released from prison,” the Tampa Bay Times reported. “More than 65 percent of Florida voters in 2018 approved a constitutional amendment to restore the voting rights of felons who have completed their sentences.”
The “More Than A Vote” initiative is seeking to utilize sports arenas as in-person balloting venues to bolster black turnout during the 2020 election.
If you want more black votes, then maybe donate your money towards pro-life causes. A TON, and I’m talking MILLIONS, of black babies would be saved in that instance. What about strengthening the culture of black America and its family values?
Last week, James claimed there is no “movement” for black Americans in the U.S. “When you’re black, it’s not a movement. It’s a lifestyle,” he said, later adding, “I don’t like the word ‘movement’ because, unfortunately, in America and in society, there ain’t been no damn movement for us.”
*raises hand* Uhm. Abraham Lincoln championed the abolition of slavery for black Americans. Ahem. But, go on.
“It’s just heartbreaking,” James said, according to ESPN. “You guys don’t understand. Unless you’re a person of color, you guys don’t understand. I understand you might feel for us. But you will never truly understand what it is to be black in America.”
What a champion of victim-hood. The only movement here is my in my bowels because this is total BS.