Skip to comments.Kobe Bryant on the Trayvon Martin case: “I won’t react just because I’m African-American”
Posted on 03/27/2014 6:41:40 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Actually, my headline’s not right. It’s hard to be sure since the New Yorker piece that contains the money quote is behind a reg wall, but I don’t think he’s taking a position on the case. He’s taking a position on people who took a position on the case without having heard both sides. The reporter apparently asked him about this photo specifically:
#WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice http://t.co/tH6baAVo
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 23, 2012
To which Bryant replied:
“I wont react to something just because Im supposed to, because Im an African-American, he said. That argument doesnt 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 weve progressed as a society? Well, weve progressed as a society, then dont jump to somebodys defense just because theyre African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I wont assert myself.
Why would he accuse LeBron and the Heat of reacting before they’d heard all the facts? Because they reacted before they’d heard all the facts. Note the timestamp on the tweet: March 23, 2012 was less than a month after the shooting and several weeks before Zimmerman was even charged. The photo was taken well more than a year before he went to trial. To give you a sense of the climate of misinformation around the time James tweeted it, both NBC’s infamous audio edit that made Zimmerman’s 911 call sound racist and Spike Lee’s even more infamous (re)tweet that gave the wrong address for Zimmerman’s home happened during the same week. Bryant’s not saying that Zimmerman’s acquittal was the right verdict, he’s saying that it’s stupid to draw assumptions about hoodies, stereotyping, and justice until you’ve heard from both sides. Go figure that a guy who was himself once accused of a gravely serious offense is iffy about drawing conclusions of guilt based on incomplete facts. And for making this simple point, he will, of course, be destroyed online.
Via the Free Beacon, here’s a thoughtful rebuttal from a guy who’s never had a problem with leaping to conclusions in racially inflammatory criminal cases.
I can understand Kobe’s feelings. Anybody remember the Kobe Bryant rape allegations from a few years ago?
He was acquitted on that charge.
I’m not saying whether it is true or false because I honestly did not follow the case or look closely at the evidence of or against his innocence.
I’m just saying that if the rape charges were not true, its not difficult to understand why he has taken this position.
He can appreciate the value of looking at ALL POSSIBLE evidence before making a judgment.
He sounds a lot smarter than most people. Note, I didn’t say most black people. I’m not sure how objectivity is learned, but it sounds like he has learned it.
“He can appreciate the value of looking at ALL POSSIBLE evidence before making a judgment.”
People who have been falsely accused or convicted tend to defend true justice.
It’s also the “law and order” crowd’s equivalent of a liberal being mugged.
Heard a radio talk show make a big deal out of what Kobe said, he spoke the truth, I know he’s got a bit of a bad reputation but here, he spoke very smartly and dare I say conservatively.
My opinion of Kobe Bryant just took a 180 degree turn.
When a young single girl walks into a Sports Bar wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey, what is she saying?
He speaks the truth and can deliver it in English, Italian, Serbian or French. The guy is pretty intelligent.
After the Martin-Zimmerman case was decided, an ABC-Washington Post poll showed that 86 percent of black Americans disagreed with the jury’s verdict. It sounds like Kobe might be part of the reasonable 14%. If so, good for him.