LeBron James is all about positivity these days. Whether he’s lauding his wife, defending (former) teammates from criticism or, I don’t know, opening up a public school for kids in Akron, he’s all about uplifting others.
He reminded us of that when he decided to celebrate all of the many famous Black women who are on the cover of coveted September issues of magazines currently, including the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna, Yara Shahidi and more.
“Nothing in this world is more POWERFUL than Colored Women!!” he wrote. “Thank you all for continuing to not settle and setting great examples in life for so many looking up to you for inspiration/guidance and love!! My daughter is watching! #WomenPower”
Yes, he said “Colored,” but honestly, that’s neither here nor there…
Unfortunately, those who couldn’t relate to the love fest, decided to hate:
“It’s been my reality all women have endured oppression. He’s a huge public figure in the US. I wish he used this status for all women and he didn’t.”
“You can love yourself and not put down women of other races. And guess what there are more than just black and whites women so please don’t pretend that only white women would be insulted by this. It’s sad that you all now do to others what you didn’t want done to yourselves. We are all children of God and equal in the eyes of the Lord. ALL women are powerful, if they choose to be.”
“I’m sure he didn’t mean anything bad and he just used wrong wording. Using THE MOST means there’s nothing equal or better aka it’s lesser. If he said SO POWERFULL or something it would be an awesome post celebrating colored women without diminishing others.”
“Imagine if a white guy posted this about white women.”
“WHY IS IT ABOUT COLORED WOMEN!!? Please someone tell me how colored women are any better than white women? All women who set good examples and are good parents are GREAT people and GREAT women. Singling out color to make them seem better as aposed [sic] to non colored women is a sham. You say colored women are POWERFUL but then use a hashtag of women power. Your not advertising women power by only talking about 1 race of women. Fix these movements please.”
And even more unfortunate was a comment left from a Black man in opposition to LeBron’s statement:
“Shiiiiddd ni–a speak for yourself. Aside from my mom who is a strong woman who happens to be African American, I had caucasian women look out for me too. Not to mention I date white women. Strong women come in all shapes and sizes. But I was raised around multiple cultures that helped not just one. Everyone is different. I had to throw that in there.”
I trust that I don’t have to explain the importance of representation to anyone who reads this site, or the reality that we aren’t often celebrated by anyone other than other Black women. Or that considering all Black women have to deal with, it’s heartwarming when our men decide to hold us up on a pedestal in any kind of way.
As a father to a Black girl, he sees the necessity in publicly proclaiming the excellence of women she will grow up watching, emulating and possibly be like. We know why ‘Bron’s words matter. And we know why these people decided to be so offended by them. It’s the intimidation, the feelings of inadequacy. It has to be if someone uplifting the greatness of their own historically maligned people, without doing so in the hopes of tearing down anyone else, makes one want to jump out of their skin so bad.
LeBron hasn’t responded to the controversy, and it’s probably because this is nothing new for him. Back in 2016, he received some ire for celebrating the accomplishments of Simone Biles and Simone Manuel at the Olympics in Rio. He had no regrets then or now.