Last week, Kobe Bryant took heat for his comments in an interview in the New Yorker, in which he made this statement after he was asked about how he felt about the Miami Heat taking a stance on the Trayvon Martin story, in which he replied:
“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” he said. “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.”
Basically, what Kobe said was that he didn’t feel he had to defend a Black person simply because he was Black. Really? Well, I guess he forgot about his rape case in 2003 in which many of US came to his defense.
First of all, why would they ask his opinion on this topic after all of this time…and was there an intent? Why are white people always asking questions about Black people or race only when they talk to Black people in the public eye.
I found this article in the Examiner.com that kind of explains the disconnect in Kobe: Why isn’t Kobe Bryant embraced and celebrated more by the black community, like Jordan? http://www.examiner.com/article/why-isn-t-kobe-bryant-embraced-and-celebrated-more-by-the-black-community-like-jordan To be fair, here is the response supporting Kobe: http://ballislife.com/stephen-a-smith-disagrees-with-jim-brown-defends-kobe-bryant-on-the-arsenio-hall-show/
Kobe has a point: he thinks for himself. And that’s not a problem. However, when it comes to race, racial profiling, the history of bias and hatred inflicted upon Black people, particularly Black males; it’s perplexing that he could be so distant.
As Steven said, Kobe is a very intelligent guy, but so what. But so was Jason Davis, but that didn’t stop the bullet that killed him.
There are some key points in the article that I agree with but all I can say is that Kobe Bryant truly needs to try and understand the perceptions people have of him. He has had an extraordinary life but he also has some character issues–like ALL MEN; and one day; his ambivalence may come back to haunt him.
He better hope Black people are forgiving…ask Tiger Woods (Caublinasian comment).
What’s your POV on this issue?