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Kobe Bryant shows ignorance by disagreeing with Miami Heat’s support of Trayvon Martin

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NFL legend and activist Jim Brown once called out Kobe Bryant for his lack of leadership on social issues. While on the “Arsenio Hall Show,” Brown stated that Bryant was confused about [black] culture because he was brought up in another country.

Apparently, Brown was correct.

In a recent interview with The New Yorker, Bryant proved his ignorance on the subject of black culture by lashing out at the Miami Heat’s support of Trayvon Martin.

“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African American. 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,” said Bryant.

Bryant has a right to his opinion on the Trayvon Martin case, but his opinion lacked knowledge and understanding. The Heat and others didn’t stand up for Martin just because he was black, they stood up for the unjust killing of another black male by a white man. American history is marred by senseless killings of blacks who were lynched solely because of their race. The Martin case served as a uncomfortable reminder of the four little girls who were bombed in a church in Alabama; the Emmett Till lynching; and, more recently, the dragging and murder of James Byrd.

Bryant apparently never got those history lessons or was unmoved by how it affected most blacks in America. His main focus in life has always been basketball and it shows when Bryant attempts to make a point about race and progression. According to his quote, Bryant believes that blacks can only advance in this society if they ignore racism.

But what Bryant fails to realize is that a post-racial society can only exists if racism is no longer perpetuated by the majority. That starts with fighting against racist policies such as “stop and frisk”; working to reinstate Affirmative Action at major colleges; and putting a stop to racist killers such as Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman.

Bryant will be retiring in a couple of years, so it’s possible that he could use his extra time to learn about black culture. Because he has proved himself to be a lost soul who happens to shoot a basketball very well.

 




12 Comments

  1. Sandra on March 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Wow. What an ignorant statement

  2. Anzaloqq on March 27, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I understand the spirit of this piece but it reads as if it is incomplete. At best it is poorly organized.
    Where’s the actual question that Bryant was asked about Martin and/or the Miami Heat? How did he get on the subject? We need more content from the actual interview so that we can see what led him to this response and put it into proper context.

    • kelly on April 4, 2014 at 12:50 am

      wow you kobe fans will always be stupid and try to explain his ignorant racist behavior , look at kobe /? while a good player he has never had many black female fans ..just males who dont care how ugly he look and egotisticall he is they just want him to play ball …. right? who cares what started the statement he is a butt holes period

  3. Jillian Wade on March 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    this is just an opinion piece, it is not suppose to explain the who situation. The writer is just stating his thoughts on the statement.

  4. Dave Roberts on March 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I’m relatively new to rolling out but quickly becoming disappointed at how nonchalantly RO resorts to unnecessary name-calling and denigration of anyone that doesn’t agree with the RO opinion. Whatever happened to open-mindedness and acceptance? Or does that only apply when it’s a topic or opinion we want forcefully shove down somebody’s throat? Reality is young black males are stereotyped and persecuted at disproportional rates and unfairly held to a different standard. If it were my son, with the knowledge I have of racism in society today, I would be afraid to let him go out walking at night (for something as trivial as snacks). His safety is first and foremost in my responsibility as a parent. But I guess I’m ignorant for thinking individuals should share some of the responsibility for his own actions. Whether or not someone supports how we honor the dead is irrelevant and inconsequential unless it does something change what caused it…

  5. Dannie on March 27, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    When he was accused of raping a white lady, black ppl had his back. I guess he forgot, self righteous..Asshole.

    • Marcus on March 28, 2014 at 6:05 am

      Wow. Let see. George Zimmerman was found not guilty because the evidence showed he acted in self defense. And RO doesn’t like verdict so they give a poor analogy comparing case to real racial crimes, like the Alabama church bombing. And expects Kobe to. Agree with this twisted logic. Really.

  6. soisaid on March 28, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    kb is responsible for his family and his fame. thats it. he had an opinion as well as his own mind and thats what he decided. no one kept him in the game. his talent did. i don’t get why everyone is jumping down his back because of his beliefs… or is it because he is black……….

  7. Paytc on March 29, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Division is the real problem, divided by all the hate. I do believe strong individuals make a strong team.Stop waiting on a leader,the government,or any role model. I suggest picking up my new audio-book “Win Anyway ” now available on Amazon.

  8. kelly on March 31, 2014 at 12:36 am

    dear kobe ,, did you not want public out cry and sympathy from whites and blacks when you rapped that young snow girl in colorado , and now you aint allowed in the state ? you think mexicans love you since vanessa is a mexican who hates being a mexican …. whos gonna fight for your little black girls who will grow up under racism in america and just cause they are black will be .. feared , accussed of sh..t they didnt do .and feared by the same people who fear you marrying vanessa .? kobe you have allowed money and clott to blind you for year of your own black heritage , i bet you dont know what a underground railroad is … you and porsha are the two dummiest nigro a live if you were not kobe bryant you would be shoving snow in colorado instead of eating snow there …. kobe you dont have a black son , but if you did , maybe you could teach him what being black with no money in america can get you … dont you know that if you were broke vanessa would have told you to go to hell , and then on to the black dick she can ride with a dollar at the tip ., i mean a million dolllar bill .. ok …

    you need to keep treyvon out your mouth cause , at least his parents loved him and not for his money only…. you are so stupid its hard to believe … how much .. when the lakers are done with you you betta save your money cause , no one will want to put you to work doing anything your to negative anyway ……

  9. kelly on April 4, 2014 at 12:54 am

    i cant wait til the day kobe breaks a leg or knee and gets kicked off the team giggle then his endorsement die … then vanessa pack and go and get her million split plus child support !! then he will be the next oj simpson for sure … cause this man has some un diagnosed illnesses of the mind …. he really hate hiself do you ever see him smile ? or hug anyone .. he aint never even been interviewed by many peope he doesnt do interviews cause he thinks hes to bigg to share his true life with others …. that man is disturbed yall and vanessa is soooo miserable but clings in there for the money …. i would have left his azzz long time ago … sex must be descent

  10. Kordell on April 8, 2014 at 9:16 am

    This is one of the most ignorant & 1 sided stories that I’ve ever read. Good for Kobe for not drinking the kool-aid & buying into the bullshit set forth by the media. Finally a brother that can think for himself by saying: “show me the facts”….& Jim Brown is by far one of the most people on this planet. Period. If u think someone like that is gonna bring people together then you’re ignorant.