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LeBron James: Donald Trump has made hate fashionable again

2017 NBA Finals - Game Five

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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President Donald Trump reverted to characterizing events in Charlottesville as a clash of two sides – Nazis and other white nationalists on one side, people who oppose Nazis and other white nationalists on the other side.

LeBron James:

The protests and counter-protests in Charlottesville emerged over the decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, a general who led a war against the United States by a group of states that wanted to protect the racist institution of slavery.

And LeBron is right: There have always been people in this country who hate – people who sustain the hate Lee’s Confederate army fought to preserve. Many of them feel empowered by Trump.

In an optimistic slant, maybe this will force us to confront the deep-seeded hate that too many refused to believe still exists.