In response to the major criticism that his now-deleted tweet that appeared to dox the Ohio police officer who shot Ma’Khia Bryant, Lebron James stated that he had “fueled the wrong conversation” concerning the 16-year-old.
“I fueled the wrong conversation about Ma’Khia Bryant and I owe it to her and this movement to change it,” the NBA superstar tweeted. “Thank you to @fabiolacineas for educating us about Ma’Khia and her story and why this needs to be about her.”
I fueled the wrong conversation about Ma’Khia Bryant and I owe it to her and this movement to change it. Thank you @fabiolacineas for educating us about Ma’Khia and her story and why this needs to be about her. https://t.co/Owh1vDJWXi #sayhername #Blacklivesmatter
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 3, 2021
The article that James highlighted was from the news source VOX and the article was titled, “Why they’re not saying Ma’Khia Bryant’s name,” written by Fabiola Cineas, who stated that “The 16-year-old Black girl could never be the ‘perfect victim.'”
“After watching 15 seconds of police body camera footage last week, viewers of various races and political affiliations had made a decision: 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was ‘the aggressor’ — the ‘fat,’ ‘huge,’ ‘knife-wielding attacker’ and ‘maniac’ who deserved to be fatally shot by the police on April 20 in Columbus, Ohio,” stated Cineas. “According to these viewers, Nicholas Reardon, the police officer who immediately shot and killed Bryant, who was holding a knife, was justified. That she was a teenager in the middle of an altercation, in which she was presumed to be defending herself, did not matter.”
Cineas went on to claim that “Bryant’s death has become a debate that questions a child’s actions — and worthiness to live — instead of another example of the racism of policing and the institution’s failure to provide wholesome support, care, and safety for the communities it serves.”
“The insistence that Reardon had no other option than to take Bryant’s life to save others — though he risked everyone’s life in the process — displays the lack of consideration and value that society places on the lives of Black girls and women,” Cineas continued, as she started to try and portray” Bryant as the victim of the whole scenario.
“And even for those who do see her as a victim, they’ll still victim-blame, erasing the systemic oppression — including that Black children are far more likely to be in foster care than their white counterparts, and kids in foster care are often exposed to high levels of violence — that brought her to being killed at the hands of the police.”
It is hard to accept the stretch that the tweet made by James could be seen as an admission of fault of any kind, especially given how he praised Cineas for “educating us about Ma’Khia,” even though it is clear in the video evidence of the attack that includes footage of Bryant apparently scream “I’m gonna stab the f*** out of you, b****.”
In new video, Makhia Bryant can be heard screaming “I’m gonna stab the fuck out of you, bitch,” while lunging at two unarmed people who were posing no imminent physical threat to her
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 22, 2021