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LeBron James discussed the double standard for black, white athletes during the debut episode of his new HBO show The Shop that aired Tuesday night.

Flanked with celebs like Jon Stewart, Odell Beckham Jr. and Vince Staples, the Los Angeles Lakers forward dished about life at his mostly white, exclusive, private school in Akron, Ohio.

“Took me a while to adjust to it … I was like, I’m not f*cking with white people, that was my initial thought to white America.”

As noted by USA Today, James described a hypothetical in which a star white athlete and a star black athlete are approached by a photo-seeking fan while out in public with their families.

“If it’s (Tom) Brady, if it’s (Aaron) Rodgers, if it’s (Peyton) Manning. And we’re doing the same (expletive), the same exact (expletive),” James began. “I’m talking about a phone is out. We’re like, ‘Yo, get that (expletive) phone out of my face. I’m with my family.’

“If we’re out with our family and we say that (expletive) and somebody posts it, and if Aaron Rodgers or one of those guys say that (expletive) and they post it, somebody’s going to be like, ‘Hey, you guys should respect Aaron Rodgers.’”

James serves as an executive producer of The Shop, described as “unfiltered conversation and debate” set in a barbershop.

During the premiere episode, the three-time NBA champion and four-time MVP also touched on his passion for speaking out about social issues.

“At the end of the day, when I decided I was going to start speaking up and not giving a (expletive) about the backlash or if it affects me, my whole mindset was it’s not about me,” James said, according to a transcript of his remarks from ESPN.

“My popularity went down. But at the end of the day, my truth to so many different kids and so many different people was broader than me personally.”

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10 thoughts on “Lebron James: ‘Took Me A While To Adjust To White People’

  1. More bait for the hate.. total b.s.. Humans are the issue… humans..I’ve had all colors be accepting to me and hateful to me..sizes and ages and sexes.. stupid and so called smart..

    • African American Woman on said:

      It’s refreshing to see that there are other folks who can see right through this Very thinly veiled attempt at race baiting. Nearly every article that BAW posts is biased and slanted. Its sad that BAW seems to feel that the only way to keep black folks interested is through constant victimization.

  2. African American Woman on said:

    The obsession is real…folks this is a normal mammalian survival response. Its called outside group bias. Its an instinctual behavior.

  3. African American Woman on said:

    The obsession is real…folks this is a normal mammalian survival response. Its called outside group bias. Its an instinctual behavior.

  4. Justbeingme on said:

    i would have felt the same way as a black person in a all white school. because alot of white kids are racist and evil because they learn it from there parents. some white people look at black people like the plague. black people are more excepting to other races they will fit in anywhere if you let them. for example i lived im a prodomintly white neighborhood upstate ny most of the white people was not friendly at all. so i get him.

  5. Passing Through!! on said:

    about life at his mostly white, exclusive, private school in Akron, Ohio.
    ******
    So, Lebron open an exclusive private school for mostly white kids…why?

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