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Breonna Taylor’s Death And BLM Fear-Mongering Wrong Fixations For LeBron, Lakers And Black People

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers should learn the story of Viktor Emil Frankl, a famous neurologist, psychiatrist and author. 

Frankl died at age 92. He survived Nazi concentration camps. His first wife didn’t. Neither did his mother and father. His brother Walter was killed at Auschwitz. 

Frankl wrote nearly 40 books. Here’s what Frankl wrote about the importance of attitude. 

“Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way.”

Your attitude determines your outcome. 

The 8th-seeded Portland Trail Blazers beat LeBron and the top-seeded Lakers Tuesday night in Game 1 of their best-of-seven playoff series inside The NBA Bubble. TNT broadcaster Charles Barkley is convinced the Blazers will sweep the Lakers. Several other experts think Portland will win the series. 

I’m not convinced. We’ve all seen LeBron James survive tougher situations. He trailed the 73-win Golden State Warriors 3-1 in the NBA Finals. 

What I am convinced of is that James has the Lakers channeling the wrong energy and the wrong attitude. The Lakers showed up to Tuesday’s game dressed for the Democratic National Convention and a Black Lives Matter afterparty. 

They wore red baseball caps that spoofed President Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan. The words “Great Again” were replaced by “Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor.” 

After the game, James launched into his typical social justice warrior stump speech. 

“You know, this is something that we continue to put our foot on the gas, continue to pressure,” James told the media. “You know, the situation that’s going on in Louisville, Kentucky. An innocent woman being killed in Breonna Taylor, a woman who had a bright future and future was taken away from her. And there’s been no arrests. There’s been no justice. Not only for her, but for her family. And we want to continue to shed light on that situation,because it’s just unjust, and that’s what it’s about.”

Despite his dual focus, James managed to put together a terrific performance, finishing with 25 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists. His teammates crumbled. Anthony Davis scored 2 points in the fourth quarter and sank just eight of 24 shots. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed all nine shots he took. Alex Caruso made one of six. Danny Green hit four of 12 and matched Davis’ game-low, -20 plus-minus score. 

Green summarized the mindset of the Lakers.

“First and foremost,” he said, “we can’t forget the big picture, why we’re here — justice for those who died. Breonna Taylor especially.”

The purpose of The NBA Bubble is justice for Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice? I don’t mean to diminish their lives. I lost a family member, Anton Butler, to what we believe was police misconduct. I know the pain firsthand. I know the agony his mother still suffers eight years later. I helped raise Anton. As kids, he, his brother and cousins stayed with me every summer. I look at his picture every day. 

But life purpose? Why I’m here?

I’m here for the living. It’s a mistake to immerse yourself in pain and suffering and allow that to define your purpose. Viktor Frankl didn’t do it.

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Between 1941 and 1945, Hitler’s Germany killed more than six million Jews during the Holocaust. Since George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman, shot Trayvon Martin in 2012 and sparked the BLM movement, there have been roughly 40 controversial police-involved killings of black people. I’ll be generous and say there’s been 100. In eight years. 

The mainstream media, political activists and brand-building athletes and celebrities want us to believe we’re living through a genocidal Holocaust. The official platform of the Democratic Party states:

“Democrats believe we need to overhaul the criminal justice system from top to bottom. Police brutality is a stain on the soul of our nation. It is unacceptable that millions of people in our country have good reason to fear they may lose their lives in a routine traffic stop, or while standing on a street corner, or while playing with a toy in a public park. It is unacceptable that Black parents must have ‘the talk’ with their children, to try to protect them from the very police officers who are supposed to be sworn to protect and serve them.”

This is fear-mongering. According to a Washington Post database, the police kill approximately 1,000 citizens per year. Since 2015, The Post reports police killed 1,312 black people and 2,513 white people. Most of the victims are armed and attacking the police.

If you do not resist the police, the chance of you dying because of police misconduct is minimal. The media, political activists and celebrities are purposely instilling fear in black people. Fear is a dangerous emotion. It sparks irrational behavior and decision-making. Bullies and criminals use fear to control their victims. Fear blinds you from the truth. 

Every parent with a fully functioning brain advises their child to comply with police instructions. The so-called “Talk” isn’t a black-or-white thing. It’s a parent thing. The government authorizes the police to use deadly force. Everyone should proceed with caution in their interaction with police. It’s common sense.

Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend admitted he fired at and struck a Louisville police officer before the police opened fire inside her apartment. He claims the police did not identify themselves and he thought intruders were breaking into the apartment. The police claim they identified themselves. 

Louisville has a black attorney general, Daniel Cameron. He’s smart enough to know given the actions of Taylor’s boyfriend it would be impossible to win a conviction of the police officers.

LeBron James is politically grandstanding and social media brand-building. He’s trapped the Lakers in a negative emotion that undermines their focus. Worse, he’s signaling to the young people who look up to him that they should lose themselves in the anger and fear of the faux black holocaust promoted by Black Lives Matter. 

Attitude determines outcomes. Black kids can’t compete with their peers if they enter the competition believing they already lost because of the color of their skin. That’s the real message of BLM.

It’s not an expression of self-love, self-confidence and self-determination. It’s a white flag, an admission of insecurity, a sign of mental defeat. 

Viktor Frankl would not approve.

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Written by Jason Whitlock

Jason Whitlock is a longtime sports writer, TV personality, radio host, podcaster and the newest member of the Outkick family.
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  1. Self-fulfilling prophecy. Irrational fear turned what would have been a routine arrest of George Floyd into a murder charge and months of fuckery in the streets of major cities. Same with Rayshard Brooks. In both cases there was enough evidence to at least book each guy (counterfeit bills/drugs and a DUI) and both of them acted out of fear, likely because so many have been brainwashed that any time they get pulled over they could be shot and killed for no reason.

  2. Hey Jason,
    It would have been nice for context if you included the following:
    Ms. Taylor’s boyfriend’s house was a known drug drop house. Cops went there several times before and knocked, only to find that the drugs were flushed down the toilet before they gained entrance.
    Cops went to the judge and explained they needed a no-knock warrant for that reason, and they end up getting shot at. And no way she didn’t know the whole deal, which doesn’t mean she deserved to die in a tragic shooting, but as you say, the bf did the shooting first…he knew the score and he didn’t give a crap about anyone but his selfish self.

    • Yep. The police are a tool of the government, and the government is a bumbling idiot capable of using only one tool: a sledgehammer. If you put yourself into a position to have that sledgehammer brought upon your head anybody caught in a crossfire is YOUR fault.

  3. Hey Jason,
    I’m sure you’ve compared LBJ to racial hucksters in the past, but the only Mt. Rushmore he deserves to be on is one with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Rev. Shannon Sharpe-Tongue. A nice foursome, don’tcha think.

  4. Jason your column inspired me this morning to give a donation to Kimberly Klacik, a strong black woman in Baltimore who believes the lives of black people do matter, especially in Baltimore where after liberals have run into the ground. Thanks Again for being the Light and the Shield!

    • Jim, I read up on Kimberly Klacik and then I made a donation myself. It was easy enough to find her twitter page, click on link to her campaign page, and then click on a link to “donate”. We have to stand up for our country and we have to “keep chopping wood” as Whitlock might say. BLM and the NBA propaganda machine are getting scary. Thanks for your post. (and Jason, thank you for your column)

      And Jim, even though BLM claims to care black lives, and about black women in particular, we all know that BLM and Marxist NBA types will show their blatant hypocrisy by trying to tear down Kimberly Klacik. (I can still hear Kimberly’s voice in my head after watching her ad: “Name a democratic run city where black people lives have gotten better. Try. I’ll wait…..” )

      • Thank Jason Rodney. His relentless effort has inspired me to be proactive in making better decisions. I live in Arizona, nowhere close to Baltimore, MD and rarely ever make any political contributions, but we need start caring about our inner-cities and give ALL people of color the opportunity to make life better for themselves.

        • Jim I agree with your comments and I too have been inspired by Whitlock. We need to support congressional candidates who believe in our country, even if we don’t necessarily live in the same community as the candidate. This is not just about the presidential election. We can’t be electing representatives who hate America.

    • Jim, I also just donated (technically, a friend did, but then I gave them the cash)
      Also, I just read that Mark Cuban posted (along with a link to an article): “The most important and influential job in media is headline writer. If you can write a compelling headline, you can control the narrative, no matter the content of the article.” ……..I’ll go a step further: if your players spew compelling slogans and anecdotes, you can control the narrative. That’s what we have with Lebron and NBA players. Ask them a question, any question, and you might get as an answer: “Today is a good day to lock up Breonna’s killers.”
      Do they care that they are exploiting Breonna’s tragic death? Nope, they don’t.

      Do they care that it is impossible to get a conviction because Breonna’s boyfriend fired first? Nope, they don’t.

      Do they care that they are slandering a black Attorney General? Nope, they don’t.

      Do they care that there are countless other issues related to the tragedy which could be changed and actually help lives of minorities in inner cities, such as the war on drugs, no-knock policies, and democratic policies (Clinton’s three strikes law)? Nope, they don’t.

      They are all about that brand building. They are all about stirring animus and then kicking back in their mansions. It wouldn’t surprise me if Mark Cuban hooked Lebron up with those hats.

      And when the NBA is in the mood to stir racial tensions Popovich-style, they just trot out old “Pop” to blatantly lie about D.O.J. reports and autopsy reports. … NBA Propaganda: It’s faaaaantastic!!!

      (This culture war will not be easy. Saving our country will not be easy. I know I personally have to remind myself not to get angry, that when I deal with brainwashed people, anger is not the correct response. But I also know that Love begets love and that we can win this war)

    • Jim, thanks for the post. I just googled Kimberly Klacik’s name and read about her campaign. As others have mentioned, she is a black woman who actually supports black lives, and because of this, the racist liberal elites who control CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, and social media will try to tear down her campaign. She needs our support and I will make a donation too. (Lebron will also probably try to tear her down if he finds out about her)

  5. Great stuff Jason and thank you for laying out the FACTS of the case but of course james doesn’t care about facts makes himself look ignorant and foolish. This is a big reason the ratings are way down and many have just tuned it out constant lecturing to fans who just want to watch a sporting event.

  6. I pray this piece finds all the right eyes. The facts laid out hear are critical in this post-truth era. Bullshit narratives can’t win. I shared Outkick and this piece with a friend today, I challenge everyone who reads this to do the same. Good work Whit…

  7. As always, excellent article. Fear is not only a powerful emotion, but what we are seeing now from Lebron and the DNC and their partners in the media, they are using fear as a tool to control the population. Similar to how they are using COVID…..using fear as a tool to control the population.

    Lebron, the DNC and a majority of the media have used COVID as a way to control people’s actions and way of life, the Fear Porn that Clay Travis refers to. Now they have a percentage of the population believing it’s dangerous to walk out the door without a mask or a hazmat suit and that schools are dangerous a dangerous place for students to be at. Even though people under the age of 70 have something like a 99.98 survival rate and an overwhelming majority of folks that may have COVID will be just fine and some may get some flu -like symptons. However, now COVID continues to be used as a tool of fear, to drive policy decisions and people’s behaviors. Fear is being used as a way to try to control our population.

    Same thing regarding the anti-police rhetoric…..their goal is to use fear as a tool to control the population. “Do what we say and agree with what we think or you’ll be shot by the police. And if you disagree with us, your racist”. This is a sinister agenda and is terrible for our society. COVID and the anti-police rhetoric are now the 2 primary tools being used to spread fear in an attempt to control our society.

  8. I think Lebron is overcompensating for something he doesn’t like internally with himself. Trying to be part of the “cool kid” crowd. Hey, a lot of us have dealt with insecurities in ways that could have been handled better. But hopefully got through them by the time we were in our 30s with a wife and kids. This dude is going full militant. Or, more like, fake militant. Feels like he’s getting off on the anti-cop, anti-white, anti-American riots. Too bad because he could be a pretty influential voice. A voice of reason. He’s definitely trying to fan the flames. He’s the kid who encourages the afterschool fight, spreads the rumors to get things stirred up, cell phone out and front row seat. But never, ever seems to be the one fighting. This is why he’s always had a bad rep for leadership. Because he isn’t one. He’s fake. He’s a follower.

    • Straight truth. Imagine for a moment what LeBron could have contributed. Elevated like no one else in todays sporting landscape and he went down the road of cops are criminals, white people are racist based on the fact that they were born white. This is a thin skinned cat. What you could have accomplished and what you did do is damming to the public. Know when you lay your balding head down tonight on your pillow (not from the conservative my pillow guy’s pillow) that you made the world a worse place. You left what you found a much worse place. Thanks Bron.

  9. I am a gringo,huero, bolio – i.e. a white man. I have never understood the premise that it is strictly a Black issue to explain to your sons that the police should be treated with respect, and if you are stopped by the police the outcome is proportionally better if you speak from a position of respect.

    My sons are half white and half Latino, and they have always understood that the world owes them nothing, and what they achieve in life will be based on their own hard work and dedication – not because someone owes them “something” due to hardships endured by their ancestors.

  10. May be related due to perception… Lou Saban weighted in on masks the other day … talked about privilege…did not realize that liberty goes out to the highest bidder…our rights are granted by God …not by government ❤️🇺🇸

  11. my favorite thing about adulthood is watching adults succumb to the same behaviors as children…I could be wrong, maybe all NBA players agree with eachother….if that is the case then I will be sad and pray for them…if thats NOT the case, then I will hope the men will become men and stand up like J.I. did and actually take a stance that is not in line with the ‘most popular kid in school’ (LeBron)… the joke in all of this is that there is no end game..its all branding and grandstanding on a pillar of lies..these dudes have their money, so i pray for the gullable who fall victim to LeBron hypocrisy

  12. Outkickers, please watch Last Chance U on Netflix. You will understand the real problem facing the black community. These young men are the products of generational poverty largely created by teenage black women having children and being totally unprepared to support them or raise them. They have no skills or goals — and, to Jason’s point, they believe the world is stacked against them.
    They need to repeat high school — they have no business being in college and no interest in learning.
    Once football is over, they’ll be back on the streets. This is why they get often get into trouble. And this is what LeBron should be addressing.

  13. Once again Jason you nailed it. Professional sports should be about winning a championship! Every sport is a team effort to achieving a goal. The Lakers are going to think that LeBron will do everything as far as basketball goes? Gotta play the game as a team! I said I wasn’t going to read NBA articles anymore, but it’s sports and a team game. Interesting to see if their goal is to win a championship or grandstand. Portland is on fire literally and they showed up to play. Maybe they are the ones wanting to make a bigger statement. I don’t know but wish the Trailblazers best of luck!

  14. If you listen to the NBA players (and a fair amount of NFL’ers) the way they complain they sound like, get ready for it…….women. Why is that. I’m going out on a limb with this one, may not have been a father sitting at the dinner table. Where do these sperm delivery men go after their product is signed for. Seriously. The damage you have imparted on massive amount of youths is devastating in its scope. I know it won’t really be talked about much and you always have whitey to blame. It will take a Democrat (and likely dark skinned in appearance) to ram this point home. Had one for eight years and other than apologizing to the world about America I didn’t hear enough about handling your responsibilities. Right behind deadbeat dads is the Media. Damn near criminal the way round around with gas cans.

  15. Fear is showing to be the favorite method of campaigning nowadays. This same mindset is used in the Wuhan Virus Fear Porn we are bombarded with 24/7.

    Viktor Frankl’s book, ‘Man’s Search for Meaning,’ is available on Audible and would be a great choice to use your one free book on, if you’re interested.

  16. Jason, thank you for sharing Viktor Frankl’s story. It really hit home for me. Attitude is one of those human traits which consistently goes underrated. My dad fought cancer the last three years of his life and during that time maintained an incredibly positive attitude. That made a huge impression on me. Not long after his passing I was offered my first job which came with a small office. In the office there was a framed poster which read “Attitude determines your altitude”. I never took it down.
    What a profound affect it would have on our country if our top athletes and leaders exhibited positive attitudes and work as diligently putting out fires as they do fanning flames.

  17. Having worked in Sanford, Fl . The George Zimmerman -Trayvon Martin trial still gets false reporting. Totally misconstrued. Trayvon straddled Zimmerman and was pounding his head into concrete when they both went for GZ gun.

  18. Jason, Have not read this piece yet, but Gary McNamara read part of it on Red Eye Radio. You and Clay are getting mentioned multiple times every week now on that nationally syndicated show. Jason, you have been quoted in the past before Outkick by Gary. Now it almost daily. Testament to you guys’ great work.

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