As heroin abuse has begun to overwhelm communities that are undeniably white and rural, the same conservatives who once championed imprisoning drug users now look for ways to blame white addiction on black communities.
Many in the black community laughed bitterly when they were told that the election of Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, marked the start of a post-racial era. We knew we were still followed in stores, still denied employment opportunities, still denied loans, and still denied the basic humanity that is routinely afforded to whites.
Because LeBron, with his boldness and blackness, with his platform and resources, has decided to speak out in that way, he has become a real-life example of one of the most prophetic lines from the record-breaking film Black Panther. In times of trouble, "the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers."
Solomon Jones is the author of 10 books, including his latest novel, The Dead Man's Wife (Minotaur Books), and the humor collection Daddy’s Home: A Memoir of Fatherhood and Laughter. The married father of three has been featured on NPR and CNN and has penned columns on parenting for national magazines like Essence. He created Words on the Street, a program that helps students and parents improve literacy. His column appears Tuesdays in the Daily News. More at Solomonjones.com.