Why LeBron James Hysteria Trumps the Oscar Grant Verdict…

Honestly, I’m not sure why I’m supposed to care more about LeBron James than the late Oscar Grant. All I can say as a Bay Area girl is that the juxtaposition of these two news items, LeBron going to whatever NBA team he chooses and the verdict of the officer accused of killing a young black man on BART, and the lack of attention the latter is receiving in comparison to the former is sad.

But we’re all adults.

We know how the world works. Entertainment trumps hard news every time. Unless folks in Oakland start burning it down, we probably won’t hear too much more about the Grant, where the BART cop was convicted of involuntary manslaughter which garners him four years in jail max. The sad thing is, I’m actually happy he got that much.

I’ve been beaten by the police in Oakland, have sued and won, but that police squad is something to be reckoned with. I remember the reaction to the Sean Bell case here in NYC — barely anything from the black folks here outside of that small “march” organized by Al Sharpton. Not saying people should ever riot, but I understand.

Here’s a thought — wouldn’t it be cool if LeBron pulled a Kanye and mentioned that the Oscar Grant verdict was bullshit in the middle of his ESPN “special”?

How do you feel about this Oscar Grant verdict? And, do you care where LeBron even goes?

Last 5 posts by Hillary aka Steely D

  • Duckey

    I was getting twitter updates throughout the trial through the Oscar Grant twitter page. I feel like half of us care and half of us don’t. A life of a young man was taken, while he lay face down on the concrete. How is that not enough to get people to pay attention? It makes me sad that Lebron trumps Oscar but sadder than that, we did this to ourselves.

  • Retro Jay

    Can’t wait to see if LBJ and DWade will be rocking retro Jordans on the court together.

  • Shan

    I’m w/u Hills, I was soooo afraid dude would get off that I’ll take it. And since it was w/ the gun he could get more years so it could be more like 5-14 years instead. Maybe I’m settling, but something is better than nothing. *shrugs*

  • rocky

    The officers will burn in hell for this disgusting crime but the verdict is equally disgusting. The reason there hasn’t been so much of a rumpus by this is because of media manipulation having big sports news last night at the same. It was so choreographed last night it was untrue and I fell for it as well.

    They don’t want people to rise up to shit like this. The media are frightened of all people around the world hearing about this and using their minds. They are scared of us.