Throughout his career, LeBron James has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. Having seen the power that his words often hold, James has used that platform for a lot of good, bringing awareness to topics that could get swept under the rug otherwise.
The latest example is the case of Ahmaud Arbery, an innocent black man in Georgia who was followed by two white civilians (one a former police officer) while jogging and shot with a shotgun. The two claimed that they believed Arbery was a suspect who had broken into several homes. This event happened in February with video evidence presented to prosecutors but none of the assailants were arrested or charged.
On Wednesday, as the world learned about Arbery’s tragic passing, LeBron James took to both Instagram and Twitter to offer his raw thoughts and emotions:
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We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the heavens above to your family!!🙏🏾✊🏾❤️ #StayWoke #ProfiledCauseWeAreSimplyBlack😢😢
James’ social media posting will not bring Arbery back but with pressure mounting from the public and voices like LeBron’s elevating the awareness, one can only hope that some level of justice can be achieved for Arbery.