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LeBron James and black protectionism

Updated: September 20, 2010, 6:21 PM ET
By Vincent Thomas | Special to ESPN.com

Yes, there are undeniable racial components to the LeBron James hate of the past two months. But the sinister subset of America that finds it easier to loathe him because he's a black man is old, boring news. More interesting to me is the mood of the "black community."

Much of the country might dislike LeBron James, but black people don't.

You've probably heard about his plummeting Q rating (the industry standard for measuring an athlete's familiarity and appeal). ...

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