NBA Superstar LeBron James Forms Group Focused on Voting Rights
Depending on where a person lives, it can be really difficult to vote. This is especially true of areas with large minority populations. The phenomenon was on display in Georgia on Tuesday when citizens attempting to vote in primaries faced hours long lines.
LeBron James is not only the most famous basketball player in the world, he is also an eager activist. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Laker announced that he will be forming a voting rights group.
The small forward spoke out about Georgia’s voting issues earlier this week. “Everyone talking about ‘how do we fix this,'” he tweeted. “They say ‘go out and vote?’ What about asking if how we vote is also structurally racist?”
Everyone talking about “how do we fix this?” They say “go out and vote?” What about asking if how we vote is also structurally racist? https://t.co/GFtq12eKKt
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 9, 2020
The solution for James is to form the voting rights group along with some other prominent names. He will be joined in the effort by athletes like Alvin Kamara, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Trae Young and Draymond Green.
The basketball superstar told the New York Times, “Because of everything that’s going on, people are finally starting to listen to us — we feel like we’re finally getting a foot in the door. How long is up to us. We don’t know. But we feel like we’re getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time for us to finally make a difference.”
James said he was influenced by the athlete activists of the 1960’s and 1970’s. “I’m inspired by the likes of Muhammad Ali, I’m inspired by the Bill Russells and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbars, the Oscar Robertsons — those guys who stood when the times were even way worse than they are today.”