What Does Kobe Bryant Know About African-Americans?
NBA All-star Kobe Bryant didn’t seem to have liked the Miami Heat’s 2012 hoodie photo that was taken in order to show support for Trayvon Martin. Kobe discussed the topic when he was interviewed by the New Yorker in their upcoming March 31 issue.
When asked about the Heat’s response, Bryant said the rush to defend Trayvon demonstrated that African-Americans haven’t “progressed as a society.”
“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” Bryant told the New Yorker’s Ben McGrath in the March 31 issue of the magazine. “That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”
What the hell is up with Kobe Bryant? This guy… I’m not shocked that he feels this way, because his swag seems to indicate that he’ll never be down for the cause anyway.
Kobe may need to be reminded that something happens to an African-American every day in this country and African-Americans do not immediately come to their defense. The facts involving the Trayvon Martin situation were well known when a huge percentage of black people and other races of people stood up like men and women in an attempt to ensure that justice was delivered for an unarmed teenager who was murdered by an armed adult.
Kobe may also need to be reminded that there wasn’t a huge rush by African-Americans to come to his defense a decade ago when he was facing rape charges after he had “consensual sex” with that young lady in a Colorado hotel. Yes, I’m sure there were African-Americans who were willing to defend Kobe back then but not because he’s African-American; but because of the possibility that the young lady could have been driven by greed.
I think that it’s very stupid of Kobe to assume that all African-Americans will jump up to defend any person simply because they’re African-American. African-Americans are just as smart as anyone else and very capable of recognizing when a situation calls for action and defending.
Wake up, Kobe!
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