On his HBO talk show “The Shop” on Tuesday, NBA superstar LeBron James revealed that when he first entered the ninth grade at an upscale catholic high school, he was uncomfortable around white people.
James attended St. Vincent-St. Mary Catholic School in Akron, Ohio, as a basketball start. He said when he got there, he had no desire to socialize with his white classmates.
“When I first went to the 9th grade in high school, I was on some ‘I’m not f—— with white people,’” James said. “I was so institutionalized growing up in the ‘hood it was like, ‘They don’t f— with us, they don’t want us to succeed.’”
James told himself that he was only there to play basketball.
“So I’m like, ‘I’m going to this school to play ball and that’s it. I don’t want nothing to do with white people,’” he said. “That was my initial thoughts and my initial shock to white America, when I was 14 years old, for the first time in my life. It took me a little while to adjust to it.”
But in the end, James said, he made friends with his his white classmates and they taught him things about life that he found useful, like what a pantry was.
“Bread, cereal, chips, doughnuts, all that s— is on top of the refrigerator,” he said. “When I got to high school was the first time I knew about a pantry.”