Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James expressed outrage at the double standard of treatment during the U.S. Capitol riots earlier this week, comparing them to what happened during the summer’s Black Lives Matter protests.
James told reporters Thursday that the Capitol riots bothered him because of how law enforcement reacted to the rioters, especially compared to the reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement, USA Today reports.
“I couldn’t help but to wonder if those were my kind storming the Capitol, what would’ve been the outcome? I think we all know,” James said. “It’s no ifs, ands or buts. We already know what would’ve happened to my kind if anyone had gotten close to the Capitol, let alone storm inside the offices and inside the hallways.”
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A look at the numbers shows there were four deaths and 52 arrests from the riots Wednesday when pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. meanwhile, there were 14,000 arrests during the summer over the racial injustice protests, according to USA Today.
James said he will use these events to show his children that there were two different Americas.
“All you have to do is look at the photos,” James said. “I saw the picture yesterday of a black man holding his daughter on top of his shoulders and you got a police officer with a shield on with a gun pointed right at him or right at her. It could’ve been rubber bullets on the inside. It could’ve been real bullets. We’ve all seen that photo. On the contrary, you got this white guy walking inside the Capitol with his thumb up in the air holding a podium in his hand. What more do I need to say to my kids than to see the two differences?”
Who’s to blame?
- “The events that took place yesterday was a direct correlation of the president that’s in the seat right now — of his actions, his beliefs, his wishes,” James said. “He cares about nobody besides himself. Nobody. Absolutely nobody. He doesn’t care about this country. He doesn’t care about his family. He doesn’t care about anybody besides himself.”