What Happened to LeBron James is Sadly One of Many Disturbing Incidents Lately

June 1st 2017

Almie Rose

"No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough."

That was part of what LeBron James said in a powerful statement he gave during a press conference on Wednesday regarding his house being recently vandalized.

NBC News reports a racial slur (specifically, "the N-word") was spray-painted on the gates of the Cleveland Cavaliers forward's Los Angeles home. "It just goes to show that racism will always be part of the world, part of America," the star athlete added. "Hate in America, especially for African Americans, is living every day, even though it is concealed most of the time."

He's not wrong. What happened to James is sadly not an isolated incident.

In February, an interracial married couple from Stamford, Connecticut, woke up to find the N-word also spray-painted on their house.

The couple left the hateful word on their home as a form of protest; as wife Heather Lindsay explained to the New York post, as reported by ATTN: in February:

"Lindsay claimed their home and her husband, a black man, have been the targets of racism in their neighborhood 'several times' in the past. 'That’s why we’re leaving it up. Because I’ve had it,' she added.'"

The couple's house was almost foreclosed because of the fines they accumulated for leaving the word up (they were fined $90 per day for refusing to paint over the slur). The city of Stamford dropped the suit against them.

The African American History Museum in Washington, D.C., was also the site of a racial attack. On Wednesday, a noose was found hanging in the museum.

It was forced to close for about an hour after the noose was found hanging in the "Era of Segregation 1786-1968" gallery, BuzzFeed reports.

This is actually the second time a noose was found on the grounds of a museum. The Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., reported a noose was found hanging from a tree in the sculpture garden on the evening of May 26, BuzzFeed reports.

Authorities are investigating both incidents.

Racist attacks are sadly nothing new, but they do appear to be more brazen.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday of a white man named Anthony Hammond in Northern California who shouted racist slurs at a black man before attacking him with a machete. Hammond was arrested and charged with a hate crime. "There was no immediate information from authorities on the condition of the stabbing victim," the Los Angeles Times reports.

As The Guardian points out, news of this attack "received very little attention in U.S. media during the Memorial Day holiday." As Sam Levin for The Guardian adds, "the lack of press [...] could be due to the fact that the nation was still reeling from news of a double murder in Portland, Oregon, in which a man stabbed three people who were reportedly trying to stop a racist attack on two young Muslim girls."

This all points to a larger issue: "From Washington state to Texas, the holiday meant to honor fallen soldiers was marred by gruesome assaults during a presidency that critics say has normalized white supremacy and emboldened bigots."

The Southern Poverty Law Center agrees, tweeting part of the article:

Whether we can fully point to the Trump administration as the possible reason for racists feeling more empowered, James' statement remains true: "We got a long way to go for us as a society, and for us as African Americans, until we feel equal in America."