What Does Kobe Bryant Not Understand?

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http://necolebitchie.com/2014/03/28/kobe-bryant-responds-to-backlash-over-trayvon-martin-case-comments/

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?

 

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13 comments on “What Does Kobe Bryant Not Understand?

  1. Kobe Bryant is a fucking coon. That is all.

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    • Tyrone says:

      @hunglikejesus

      I agree 100%. But, his warped mindset is all too common in pro sports among blackmen. When Kobe got entangled in the rape allegations in Eagle, Colorado back in 2003…black folk were his biggest defenders from start to finish. Despite all the controversy over Vanessa, him allegedly raping a white female in Colorado…many blacks still showed love anyway. Yet, they still kick us in the behind. Charges dropped, back to The Burbs like so. I hate what sports has done to us spiritually, Hate It!

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  2. originalwoman13 says:

    @truthangel07
    I am not surprised at Kobe’s comments, especially the comment “I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American.” Comments like that shows just how much Kobe and other so called black men/women are lacking very badly in knowledge of self, pride, respect, dignity, and love for himself and other Africans. When tragedies such as what happened to Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, etc. we should all be concerned and outraged because like one sista say WE ARE ALL TRAYVON MARTINS. Some so called black people will throw other black people under the bus in the name of so called progression and multiculturalism. smh

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    • truthangel07 says:

      “Comments like that shows just how much Kobe and other so called black men/women are lacking very badly in knowledge of self, pride, respect, dignity, and love for himself and other Africans.”

      Exactly.

      Kobe is a representative of just how being around too many white folks can taint the minds of even Black folks who should know better. They never have reinforcement of their own culture because of the dominance of the whites in the field they are in.

      However, Black people have been taking him to task and I highly suggest that if Kobe wants to win any type of redemption; he should listen to the criticism and look in the mirror.

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  3. Tyrone says:

    Kobe Bryant’s lack of concern about the senseless murder of Treyvon Martin is indicative of a larger problem with black male athletes…Racial Awareness. In the past, brothas like Jim Brown, Muhammad Ali, and others were outspoken on issues that affected the black community. Today, that’s not the case anymore. Is it fear of backlash from white fans, team owners, white teammates, endorsement deals, etc? As black folk, we need to be brutally honest about blackmen and sports once and for all. We think these brothas belong to us, keep believing that sistas and brothas? Kobe, and others like him can’t speak out. Who signs their checks, who gives them a 4-year scholarship, who drafts them into the pro leagues, who provides a comfy lifestyle to them? Simple Answer…White Billionaires! They’re bought and paid for, taken out of the black community, and turned into honorary whitemen with a tan. So, all of the outrage over Kobe’s comments is a mute point. They don’t represent the larger black community. To be black in Hollywood and sports means you check your blackness at the door, especially black males. Like most brothas, I was heavy into sports for a long time. Today, I have no love for pro sports in general. The NFL, NBA, and MLB are glorified plantations with well-paid slaves. Some blacks may disagree with that view, that’s how I see it. The coonish behavior that we witness is expected, not a shock anymore. At the end of the day, I and other blacks in this country get no benefit from Kobe being able to shoot a basketball. Instead, everybody that does not look like us reap the benefits of these gifted athletes. I wish we would take them off the false pedestals that have been created over time. It’s 2014, not 1944, 1954, 1964, etc. As blackmen, we fully embraced the notion of racial pride thru sports. But, those days are long gone. If blackmen make no real effort to own teams, it’s a waste of time to cry about Kobe and the rest of them. I don’t see him as a pro-black type of brotha anyway, so, his opinions don’t hold a lot of weight with me. I don’t give my money to the Sports Industrial Complex.

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    • truthangel07 says:

      “Today, that’s not the case anymore. Is it fear of backlash from white fans, team owners, white teammates, endorsement deals, etc?”

      That’s true, Tyrone. And I have that book that was written some years ago that talks about exactly what you’re saying.

      These athletes represent a conglomerate. They speak on their behalf–not ours. Thus, any Black person expecting Black athletes to be racially conscious just doesn’t get it.

      Saw this years ago which is why I’ve never been into all of the sports hype behind these athletes.

      Simply put; they make white billionaires even richer. What they are paid are pennies compared to the power, prestige, and money wealthy white team owners are copping.

      Who’s the fool?

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      • Tyrone says:

        @truthangel07

        Kobe is dead wrong for throwing Treyvon Martin under the bus, but, good has come out of his racial brainwashing as well. As time has progressed, black male athletes have moved further and further away from our people. My 6th grade teacher always told us to pay attention. I observe human beings, so, i notice the dirt that is below. What caused me to turn away from sports? The lack of black females in sports journalism, in the booth, on espn, fox sports, cbs, nbc, etc. “Ty, this ain’t adding up brothaman?” Sistas in the projects courted by white colleges to gain access to their sons. It made me think about slavery. The wombs of our foremothers built the wealth that whites enjoy today. Once this seed got in my brain, i could never view sports the same as i did in the past. As blackmen, we think it’s always about us. In reality, blackwomen are being exploited the most. Whitemen make billions, and whitewomen see these brothas as gullible minions to be punked. This is the reality of what we’re facing. If these blackmen have no genuine love for the women that sacrificed everything to keep them from the prisons and graveyards…Sports Be Damned! Blackwomen are tired of raising self-hating blackmen for white consumption. Kobe told us what we’ve already known for a number of years…Company Man! Will never speak against the hands that feed him.

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  4. Au Matu says:

    what’s wrong w/ what Kobe Bryant said? get the facts first, don’t react just because everyone else is, & don’t get emotionally manipulated just because someone wants you to be…what’s the problem?

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  5. adeen says:

    Good post but he thinks just because he is rich and famous this can’t happen to him but his 2003 trial for rape should have told him that they see you as a Nigga no matter how much money you have or who you date and marry. Sometimes our own people can be so ambivalent, it is unreal. We can’t trust these athletes to do the right thing especially when they would sell you out.

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    • truthangel07 says:

      Frankly, I don’t listen to any athlete/entertainer–period. They don’t speak for us. They represent a conglomerate and are merely doing what they are paid to do.

      You can’t be a political activist when you’re being paid very well by the white power structure.

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      • Vette says:

        @truthangel07
        I am not surprised at the part of the comment in which he said he doesn’t have to defend a black person because they are black. Black people should support one another in a time when all the FACTS show that a black person (male or female) has been discriminated against or mistreated such in the case of Trayvon Martin. Kobe like so many other so-called black people are so removed from knowledge of self and our struggles here in America and abroad that they will throw another black person under the bus in the name of so called progression and multiculturalism. smh

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      • Vette says:

        @truthangel07
        We sure can’t count on these athletes and entertainers. As a matter of fact, I’ve lost confidence and respect for many of these so called black athletes and entertainers cause many are foot soldiers for white supremacy (racism).

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      • truthangel07 says:

        Yes they are, Vette.

        And this ought to wake some folks up.

        Frankly, until this incident, I wasn’t even thinking about Kobe Bryant. However, his comments definitely have opened up dialogue about just how pervasive white supremacy is and how it impacts those of us in the media spotlight.

        At the end of the day, if they don’t speak for us; who are they speaking for?

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