Yesha Callahan

Tamir Rice’s Mom Thinks LeBron James’ Silence About Her Son’s Death Is ‘Quite Sad’

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Like most of us, Samaria Rice is still reeling from a Cleveland grand jury’s decision not to indict the officers involved in the November 2014 fatal shooting of her 12-year-old son Tamir. While many have called for boycotts, particularly by the city’s professional athletes, Rice would like Cleveland’s highest profile celeb speak out about her son.

When asked about the calls for Cleveland Cavs star LeBron James to sit out a game in protest over the non-indictment, Rice told NewsOne Now she wished the NBA star did a little more to raise awareness about her son’s tragic death.

“I think it’s quite sad that LeBron hasn’t spoken out about my son,” Rice said. “I’m not asking him to sit out a game. I know his kids got to eat, too. But you can at least put on a shirt or something…I’m not asking nobody to quit their job or anything, but make a statement for us Black people out here.”

James was asked about Rice’s case after the grand jury decision and admitted he wasn’t particularly informed about the facts and didn’t feel comfortable commenting directly. Instead, he spoke about the need to deal with gun violence.

“The issue is bigger than me,” James said. “It’s about everyone. And gun violence and tragedies and kids losing lives at a young age, some way, somehow, we need to understand that that matters more than just an individual.”

While celebrities don’t have to speak out on every single social issue, having someone as influential as LeBron James weigh in on one of his city’s most tenuous issues would be major.

  1. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    I think people expect way too much of Lebron James. He has already said far more about police violence against black people than Michael Jordan and almost every other prominent black athlete.

    • January 7, 2016 - Reply

      @joe

      That is a bar so low that it’s not worth mentioning.

      • January 9, 2016 - Reply

        @bluelight74

        Preach.

  2. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    We live in an age of neoliberalism and neolcolonialism. This neo-colonialism (which deals with anti-black lies and economic oppression) is not just found overseas. It is found in America where many cops act as occupying forces against black people. Tamir Rice’s mother’s request is simple not over the top. She has the right to speak. She has the right to mourn the lost of her child. Tamir is her child. She didn’t request Lebron to sit out a game. She just wanted Lebron to speak about her son. It is a fair request from Samaria Rice. We have an epidemic of terrorist cops killing black men, black women, and black children in America, Brazil, etc. Subsequently, people have every right to be angry about it. Publicly condemning the system of capitalistic exploitation and racism is the right thing to do regardless. I hope that Lebron James talks about Tamir Rice. This problem existed a long time ago. The same forces who divide up workers, who promote xenophobia, and who want imperialism are the same forces who desire the status quo when it comes to addressing police brutality. The problem with some people is that some folks have been too silent. We have the responsibility (not just celebrities) to be part of the solution too.

    Thank you Sister Samaria for your wisdom.

    • January 9, 2016 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      “This problem existed a long time ago.” The problem never went away. Black American adults and Black talking heads did not address it — and now we see the ramifications of silence — our children are being hunted like animals. Now, we wake up — barely — still wanting someone else to address lazy listless political hibernation. Again, we want other “patriarchs” to do our bidding. Black children are being hunted like adults are hunted because we don’t give a damn. Period.

      • January 9, 2016 - Reply

        @TivoliEclipse

        it is all of our responsibility to be part of the solution. The problem never went away. Also, we didn’t originate every problem that existed in our black communities either. There are many black people who are speaking up against police terrorism, violence in general, etc. It is just that the mainstream media doesn’t talk about the courageous black activists who are helping black people and fighting back against police terror and other injustices. Anyone who denies the efforts of some black people helping to combat these evils is wrong. Realizing that we have a very long way to go should never discount the heroic efforts of numerous black people who are making a difference. Plenty of black people do address the issues of neoliberalism and neocolonialism. Yet, many black people are indeed silent. That is a total disgrace. Our children being hunted down is evil and wrong as you have mentioned. A real solution is political and economic power being built by us in our communities, pan-African cooperation, and other progressive actions. There are many black people who do care. Tamir Rice’s mother deserves respect. White racists have been the most vicious people against black human life in human history. Not all black people are monolithic. Everyone in the black community (not just celebrities) should speak out and do something about this problem. That isn’t about wanting “patriarchs” to do our bidding. It is about every black person on this Earth having the right to fight for liberation. Yes, Lebron and all of us should speak up. This is a war for our liberation. Permanent Pessimism is not a solution.

        Bless Samaria Rice.
        RIP Tamir Rice.

        • January 9, 2016 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          Clearly, what those black activists are doing — is not enough. Black Americans may actually have to come out of the cave. Gag. Black American sloth puts us all at risk. I am sick of it! It’s not pessimism — it’s revulsion.

          • January 9, 2016 - Reply

            @TivoliEclipse

            We all agree that we should be sick of this reality. I have no problem with revulsion at injustice. There is nothing wrong with that. I do have a problem with some people (not you) expressing pessimism and showing ignorant, false, and evil stereotypes against black Americans. Not every black American have sloth. Black people in America have worked hard in America for centuries. The status quo is not an option. Sincere black activists who are great mentors and community activists helping people should be respected. Apathy should end. Also, many people should realize the contributions of Black Americans in the human rights struggle like the Abolitionist Movement, the civil rights movement, the Black Power movement, the anti-apartheid movement, and other movements today (that other people copy to his very day). Too many people are asleep and they have to wake up. I will give credit to the African Americans, the rest of the African Diaspora, etc doing what is right. We have a long way to go.

  3. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    Why is it sad? Fight your own mucking battles, without trying to intimidate others into fighting for you. Stupid a&&^( Black Americans. I can feel sorry for her son and for her, (and for my own) but I am not going to pretend that it was okay for her to approve the use of a toy gun that looked like a real gun… What parent does that? A toy gun? I don’t care who you are, what game do you play with that kind of gun?

    • January 7, 2016 - Reply

      @TivoliEclipse

      She did not give her child a gun. He knew his mother didnt approve of them and got one from a friend (I believed he as kids do told his friend he could hold his cell phone for it )
      I do not approve of kids playing with guns but really dont need to hear the ..but but what was he doing with a toy gun the penalty for childhood indiscretions is not death on sight

      • January 7, 2016 - Reply

        @blogdiz

        It is just another example of Black Americans not taking responsibility for their children or themselves.

        • January 8, 2016 - Reply

          @TivoliEclipse

          troll on

          • January 8, 2016 - Reply

            @blogdiz

            Why take comfort in calling me a troll, instead of dealing with the comment. Delusional mucks. You’re the reason why Black Americans are stuck in this pit with our dead children.

          • January 10, 2016 - Reply

            @blogdiz

            Why is that bigot troll even still here? He should have been bounced already.

  4. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    It is quite sad. Lebron James is unequivocally the biggest celebrity in Cleveland. He is arguably the biggest athlete in sports. When he’s not in blockbuster movies or marketing products to the world, he’s gracing the covers of magazines and in our living rooms on our tv screens. Samaria Rice is well within her rights to question why James has been silent on the matter of her son considering the fact that he has commented, engaged in silent protest AND posted his opinions to his social media accounts regarding the deaths of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin and even other Cleveland youth killed by gun violence. His silence is even more disturbing considering the fact that this tragedy occurred to a child (similar in age to his own sons) in his hometown whose innocence is unquestioned and supported by video evidence. As unfortunate as it might be, people in authority often feel more pressured to do the right thing when people of fame and influence comment on situations. Lebron doesn’t have to sit out a game. By donning a t-shirt or even just sharing a tweet, he could draw considerable attention to the issue. To not know the most cursory of details for this event that has actually been well-covered by mainstream media is indicative of willful ignorance. He may not want to know more because of compassion fatigue, but now is not the time for him to go silent since this particular injustice is happening in his own community.

    • January 7, 2016 - Reply

      @ElephantInTheRoom

      Teach.

    • January 9, 2016 - Reply

      @ElephantInTheRoom

      Negative. It is not Lebron James’ responsibility, and no perhaps he cannot relate. He is probably having a hard time wrapping his head around why her son would want a real-life gun. I don’t get it. Samaria Rice should concentrate on the LEO, law enforcement in general, and lessons learned for proper parenting — not to hound Lebron James on addressing the unfathomable.

  5. January 8, 2016 - Reply

    It’s not his responsibility to raise awareness. He said he wasn’t informed enough and he truly does not have to be. He’s not an elected official of Cleveland. He’s he’s an athlete and it’s not his job to speak on every social justice issue.

    • January 8, 2016 - Reply

      @yoda

      How is he NOT informed enough and his black asssss lives in Ohio? Come’on Yoda!

      • January 9, 2016 - Reply

        @A.P. Millz-CT

        Lebron James is not your Daddy!

  6. January 8, 2016 - Reply

    It is not his place. SHE is the mother. SHE should yell justice from the mountain tops. Did she buy a ticket to any of his games or know his stats, but he should speak on her child? What if his opinion opposes hers and works against her interests? Then what? He should ” wear a shirt”??? She shouldn’t take the focus off the injustice against her son and put attention on an athlete. Put attention on those guys in the streets who have real guns, illegally. Put it on police brutality. Where are people’s priorities? Geez. This Instagram society we live in with hash tag activism, “wear a t-shirt,” smh. Ask Michael Jordan to wear a shirt, Lebron did that enough. Black people have been supporting Jordan for years. Even slaying each over his sneakers.

    • January 8, 2016 - Reply

      @TastyTaco

      agreed; she needs to USE this exposure and PUSH for the citizens of Cleveland to get out and vote in non-presidential elections, remove that scummy prosecutor/mayor/police chief by turning out and voting them all out!! it’s that simple. . . .

    • January 10, 2016 - Reply

      @TastyTaco

      She has been yelling for justice but let’s be real between her and Mr. James which one is going to have the higher exposure?

      Lebron is lying if he’s saying he doesn’t know enough about this case, not only is it in his backyard but this case has been fairly publicized. That video has been all over the place as has the DA’s lack of interest in doing his MF job.

  7. January 8, 2016 - Reply

    It is not going to matter WHAT LeBron James says… the system does not and was not designed to work on behalf of the black community, children included!

  8. January 8, 2016 - Reply

    It’d be good if Lebron did but he has no legal obligation to do so. The guy is an athlete, dammit. We shouldn’t always expect athletes, entertainers to speak on important issues such as police brutality. Everybody’s not Mohammed Ali.

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