In the span of two days, this week in May of 2017, two incidents of racial hatred demonstrate that America’s race problem is far from solved.
On the brink of the NBA Finals, basketball superstar LeBron James’ home was spray painted with a racial epithet. The very next day, authorities find a noose among the artifacts and exhibits at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Lebron James responds:
“Hate in America, especially for African Americans, is living every day.”
Response from the National Museum of African American History and Culture:
“Today’s incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African Americans continue to face.”
~ Lonnie Bunch III Founding Director
Dear Black America:
It was good to have you visit, and to lay eyes on you and give you a wide-open embrace. I love you in all your hues, and do’s and views.
I admire your tenacity, creativity, and innovation. I remember you, and I celebrate your valor, swagger, intellect, and style. You have done all of us honor, and made our country greater than it might have been. I am proud of you.
I hope you can see, from the care we have given in preparation of your visit, that we deeply appreciate you.
It is our privilege to welcome all visitors. But your company is especially cherished. Please, don’t let too much time pass, before I see you again.
With all, due, fondness,
National Museum of African American History and Culture.