The Lakers are taking an active role in pursuing social justice, which is being ardently supported by owner Jeanie Buss, who used her Instagram account Friday to share a photograph of a racist, hateful letter she received recently, hoping to impress the urgency of anti-racist action on her followers, especially her white friends.
"Why don't you look in the mirror and see your ugliness, because I refuse to," Buss responded to the letter-writer. "I have received letters like this over the years. The advice I always got? `Ignore it.' I did. But not anymore."
Buss concluded her post with the hashtags #juneteenth and #hatewontwin.
LeBron James shared Buss' post on his Instagram story Friday, writing: "LOVE YOU JEANIE!!!"
The Lakers organization took Friday off to observe Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the official end of slavery. Friday marks 155 years since all enslaved people in Texas -- the last of the states to eliminate slavery -- were emancipated on June 19, 1865.