The contrast between the vigils held for LeBron James and for Oscar Grant was compelling and brings new meaning to the phrase “hoop dreams.”

The phrase was made popular by a documentary following two African-American males who dreamed of making it as professional basketball players. It captured the idea that sports are a way for Black males to “succeed.” Music is often another golden avenue, and perhaps we can add politics as the newest way to reach that status of an “exception.”

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