How LeBron James' hate crime investigation highlights broader concerns

How LeBron James' hate crime investigation highlights broader concern

The discovery Wednesday morning that LeBron James' West Los Angeles home had been vandalized with a racial slur sparked an investigation into the incident as a hate crime.

James reacted to the incident Wednesday afternoon saying it was an opportunity once again to "shed the light and keep the conversation going," even though James admitted he and his family were having to bear some of the burden in that it will be a difficult discussion to have with his children and had impacted his normally vibrant demeanor.

The reality is, it's a constant reminder of the progress that still needs to be made.

"No matter how much money you have… no matter how famous you are… being black in America... it’s tough," James said.

The most recent data provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicates there were nearly 6,000 hate related incidents in 2015, effecting approximately 7,000 victims.

Nearly 60 percent of those crimes impacted those who were targeted because of race, ethnicity or origin.

The Southern Poverty Law Center which tracks these trends notes a rise in hate groups for two straight years.

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