Lakers' Jeanie Buss wants white people to stop ignoring racism

From NBA Instagram and media reports

Jun 19, 2020 8:55 PM ET

Jeanie Buss became president of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013.

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.

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