Racism in America was the topic of the day on "The View," as Sunny Hostin shared her personal experiences with the N-word in the wake of the vile graffiti attack against basketball superstar LeBron James.

The gate of the athlete's Los Angeles home was vandalized with the slur this week, with James responding to the incident calmly during a press conference on Wednesday.

"Racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America and hate in America, especially for an African American, is living everyday," he said. "Even though it's concealed most of the time, no matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough."

Hostin could empathize with James since she's been targeted since joining "The View" in 2016.

"I will say, since being on this show for Season 20, I have received more hate mail calling me the N-word than ever in my career," she explained. "It's so hurtful when you get it and it's so hateful."

Hostin then asked, "Is this a result of the loss of civility that we talk about all the time?"

"Racism has been institutional in this country, let's start with that," Whoopi Goldberg answered. "I don't know what it is, it's just what people do. If you have anything to say, we have an Internet that allows people to say anything they want to you directly."

"It's just horrible," Hostin added, before Joy Behar asked "Why be hurt by it, why not just deflect and say, 'You are stupid, you people are moronic'?"

"If someone hates you because of the color of your skin, something you cannot control, because of your race, it's scary and it actually scares me for the world that my children are inheriting," Hostin continued. "I'm raising a black boy and a black girl, it scares me as a mom."

"What should be happening is you should be explaining to them the foolishness of how this works. You being afraid doesn't help," she told Hostin. "Those words are meant to stop you in your tracks, they're meant to make you unhappy. Those words, young people took that word and said no more, we're not going for that anymore. We have to let this stuff go so when someone calls you one, turn and say, 'Are you talking to me? Because I don't know one and I have never been one.'"

Jedediah Bila commended James for speaking out about the incident, since a lot of the people she talks to believe "racism is dead." "Until we acknowledge that it's not dead, we're not going to be able to eradicate it or face it," she added.

Joy Behar added she believes "a lot of people who are racist are low level thinkiners and I think they're actually jealous a black guy could achieve so much in his life."

Later in the show, Chance the Rapper joined the panel, where he was also asked about the LeBron story.

"It's kind of a common pattern in America's history when people that look like me get to a certain point of success," he added to the conversation. "LeBron James is, to me, the greatest of all time basketball player and people want to remind you how they view you as a second class citizen. There's not much you can do other than keep thriving."

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