The article about LeBron James I've posted below appeared in  New York Post on December 30th. 2018.

The apology served up to us by Mr. James was something of a shrug of the shoulders but this is what happens when we not only get our politics wrong but also our culture.

In America, if you are a lumbering oaf almost incapable of expressing your thoughts in the form of a compound sentence and are unable to demonstrate anything that approaches impregnable logic but have a talent for throwing a large ball through a small hoop we will pay you tens of millions of dollars. If you are really good at it we will also accord you the kind of sycophantic adulation that used to be reserved for particularly sadistic Roman emperors.

If, however, you are a dedicated teacher or a compassionate care-giver we will pay you a pittance.

LeBron James is one of those celebrities who think their fame, fortune and conspicuous acts of charity ought to inoculate them against criticism of their frequent eructations which usually bore but sometimes infuriate the rest of us. 

This often happens but this time Mr. James exhibited a callous disregard for the sensitivities of the same Jewish community that was so instrumental in helping the civil rights movement and tragically in some cases paying the ultimate forfeit.

Civility is declining in America and much of this is due to the talentless gutter phenomenon known as (c)rap music with its vile lyrics, monotonous beat and the preposterous physical gestures of its performers slavishly copied by its moronic devotees. Shockingly it is a billion dollar industry and one that has been soaring into the stratosphere for over thirty years. 

What we have here is the visible transposition of values which has been afflicting our societies for over a generation. That which is worthless is deemed to have value and that which has value is deemed to be worthless. If this were not the case then (c)rapper 21 Savage and his pals would be sweeping the stage instead of performing on it.

Thanks to the corrosive effects of political correctness we have become a ruling society on the run and one which places diversity above decency. As such we are capable of every fatuity not the least of which is exalting garbage and mediocrity over virtue and excellence. Thus do we progress.....well, not really.

LeBron James’ apology reveals his ignorance of racial matters

LeBron James
Two years ago, LeBron James took great offense when Knicks president Phil Jackson referred to the NBA star’s business associates as “a posse.”
James: “It just sucks that now at this point having one of the biggest businesses you can have both on and off the floor, having a certified agent in Rich Paul, having a certified business partner in Maverick Carter that’s done so many great business [deals], that the title for young African-Americans is the word ‘posse.’ ”

James’ point was well-taken and delivered in a flood of national news and radio and TV discussion for over a week.

As for his own bigotry …
While some race-based news makes a flood, some makes puddles that quickly dry after brief exposure to light. Thus James’ recent reference to Jews and “Jewish money” (see: Goebbels, Joseph) while teamed with rapper 21 Savage (his songs include FNB, for “F–k N—a Bitches”), has been issued the standard double-standard look-away pass.

James’ non-apology apology — another of those contingency “If” numbers — was bereft of now-I-get-it contrition:
“Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone. That’s not why I chose to share that lyric. I always [post lyrics]. That’s what I do. I ride in my car, I listen to great music, and that was the byproduct of it. So, I actually thought it was a compliment, and obviously it wasn’t through the lens of a lot of people. My apologies. It definitely was not the intent, obviously, to hurt anybody.”
Offended? As a Jew, I’m more offended by such a dismissive, no-hard-feelings alibi.
As black America continues to be represented by race-hustling, media-empowered charlatans such as Louis Farrakhan (“Jews are bloodsuckers”) and wink and nod anti-Semite and selectively outraged Rev. Al Sharpton, and, lest we forget, Rev. Jesse “Hymie Town” Jackson, I often wonder what young blacks are taught about Jews.

Do they know that “Jewish money,” more than 100 years ago in NYC, was the white money that helped found the NAACP? That “Jewish money” has endowed urban hospitals that turn no one away? I wonder if they know that the preponderance of white blood shed by Civil Rights marchers in the 1960s was Jewish blood. Two Jewish Freedom Marchers were murdered in Mississippi. From martyrs to suckers.

Why are American blacks urged to resent Jews? For their prosperity? For their charity? For their centuries of refusal to be annihilated? For their emphasis on education and devotion to family?

Where was black leadership to condemn James or at least issue a mild scolding? But such conspicuously unfair play is knocking the liberal out of the right-headed.
James, days before his “Jewish money” post, demonstrated his preposterous historical ignorance by issuing that revolting, simple-minded and hideous analogy of the NFL with slavery:
“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality. And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f–k I tell y’all to do, or we get rid of y’all.’ ”
Can he be that lost? That’s the term of employment for all, the butcher, baker and candlestick maker.

To compare athletes making an average of $2.1 million for seasonal work to Antebellum whips-and-chains slaves is disgusting. NFL “slaves” have the one great freedom Southern slaves did not — the freedom to quit.
But, again, no big deal and James moves merrily along. He’s entitled as a basketball superstar and racial activist — even if he favors artists who sing “F–k N—ga Bitches.”

I wish he’d been there for that breakfast chat I had with a black woman who teaches in a Baltimore middle school. She was heartsick, powerless to prevent 12-year-old boys in her classes and on her watch from calling one another the N-word and denigrating 12-year-old girls in the vilest sexual gutter terms.
She agonized about African-American culture stuck in reverse by choice and habit, “not by white people.”

In April, crotch-grabbing rapper Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize. Of course, no one on that selection committee dared publicly recite his vulgar, women-degrading, N-worded lyrics. White high school kids are suspended for singing rap songs that win Grammy Awards.

But I’m coming from a bad spot. I was raised to weigh matters only as a matter of wrong or right, not black or white. You can’t attain equality with inequality. And my old man, Great Depression and World War II tough, taught me not to be pushed around, especially as a Jew.

In 2013, Riley Cooper, a white Eagles wide receiver, used the N-word. Ka-boom! Philadelphia’s black mayor, Michael Nutter, although publicly embracing black, N-wording, women trashing, profane rappers, demanded that the Eagles immediately fire Cooper.

That same year, the Phillies signed Delmon Young, a black player who had assaulted a man in Manhattan because Young thought he was a Jew.
Mayor Nutter must have been good with that; he didn’t say a word.
I could ignore it all, choose the path of least resistance and risk, silently pander to it. I could whistle while I work. But I wasn’t raised to ignore inequality.