So, in Kobe’s past interview with the New Yorker’s Ben McGrath he discussed how the Miami Heat collectively taking Trayvon Martin’s side in the George Zimmerman case represented a reflexive racial reaction. The team posed for a provocative picture in hoodies in homage to the slain Florida teenager two years ago.
“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” Bryant told 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… 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.”
Kobe has been known to make absurd comments on different situation whether they are about race, sports, or humanity. As a profound “Kobe Lover” I have to say that even this turned me off. As I read his statement about not jumping to support Trayvon because he is black I was taken back but then kind of understood. Kobe is right that as a society we should always pay attention to the facts and not the race when dealing with situations such as Trayvon Martin’s. He stated correctly that we as a society need to pay attention to the facts as to what happened that night and then take a stand based upon the facts that were put out there.
Where I disagree with Kobe is the insensitivity that he displayed in the interview. First to knock the stand that Miami heat took for Trayvon Martin was not in good taste. I understand that Kobe may not agree with the stand and he is entitled to his own opinion whether we like it or not but he should have not smugged the Heat for what they decided to do for Trayvon.
I would have also thought that some compassion would have been shown for a young black male after hearing the FACTS. As we know Kobe grew up in Italy before playing high school basketball in Philadelphia. I can not comment on how it is for a young black male to be raised in Italy but here in America it is a daily fight to stay alive.
Black males are seen to be scary criminals when coming in contact with other races. They see black men as being intimidating and up to no good. So if Kobe was in Martin’s place im sure the outcome would be no different. They fail to see black men as individuals and more so as a feared race. Regardless, killing black men based upon yourself feeling threatened is not right.
If you feel threatened then walk to other way.
Trayvon did not come after Zimmerman.
Zimmerman came looking for Trayvon.
Kobe should have a little more compassion and respect for his race and for the Martin family when giving such a opinionated interview.
After the fact Kobe Bryan did come back and say Trayvon Martin was WRONGED but I feel as if he should have made that clear in the interview.