Kobe Bryant took to Twitter to respond to the controversy surrounding his Trayvon Martin comments. Here is what he had to say:
Travon Martin was wronged THATS my opinion and thats what I believe the FACTS showed. The system did not work #myopinion #tweetURthoughts
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 27, 2014
Ben McGrath of the New Yorker wrote a very insightful article on basketball superstar, Kobe Bryant, for the March 31st edition of the magazine. In the article Bryant talks about aging out of his Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Lakers as well as living in Italy and growing up in Philly.
But there is one aspect of the article that has garnered a lot of criticism. That aspect is Bryant's feelings towards the Miami Heat's protest in support of Trayvon Martin.
Here's the comments Bryant made that's drawn the most criticism:
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.”
Maybe it's just me, but I don't recall Bryant having these sentiments when black folks came to his defense after he was accuse of raping a white woman in Colorado. As a matter of fact, I seem to recall black folks being his most vocal supporters in that matter. But I could be wrong.
Bryant just strikes me as another person who has the 'Illusion of Inclusion' syndrome. He is like so many who only invoke it when it benefits them the most. He was all for black folks support when it suited him, but somehow black people fighting for Trayvon Martin is something that was done only because the teenager was black. It had absolutely nothing to do with justice.