LeBron creates group to prevent U.S. black vote suppression

Los Angeles Lakers star and basketball player, LeBron James
Emeh Joy

Los Angeles Lakers star, LeBron James has backed effort to prevent the suppression of the African-American vote by creating a group with other black celebrities for this purpose.

James' group which is called More Than a Vote would be focusing on not just protecting black voters but on educating them and motivating them to show up in more significant numbers at the polls for the November 3 U.S. elections. This was disclosed by someone familiar with the matter who declined to speak publicly about the campaign.

James speaking with New York times said, "We feel like we're getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time for us to finally make a difference". James as well as other celebrities who are expected to take part in the camp6such as comedian Kevin Hart, basketball player Trae Young and businessman Maverick Carter, are to use their social media influence and presence to provide information to voters.

Their plan comes handy at a time when Americans have voiced their concerns as regards foreign interference in elections, the novel coronavirus raising questions about safe voting and activist groups worried that voter suppression might occur.

According to this information source, "There will be an active campaign of suppression. These athletes are the most trusted members of their communities".

Lots of factors have been blamed for the reduced number of black participation in the 2016 elections such as disinformation campaigns, apathy as well as restriction to voting rights.

On Tuesday, many people could be seen waiting for hours to vote in person during Georgia's primary elections. The queue was even more in counties with large black populations in and around Atlanta where many polling stations closed due to concerns about the coronavirus.

James was also among the high-profile athletes who spoke out against racism after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died last month after a white Minneapolis policeman handcuffed his hands to the back and knelt on his neck, choke holding him for several minutes. The incident had triggered a series of protests worldwide.

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