Kobe Bryant On Trayvon Martin: I Won’t React To Something Just Because I’m Supposed To, Because I’m Black
Kobe Bryant is finding himself in very hot water after excerpts from his upcoming feature in The New Yorker went viral online. The source of the angst is a comment the 35-year-old Lakers player made about Trayvon Martin and the ideal of racial solidarity, to which he clearly does not subscribe. He told the magazine:
While Kobe’s argument certainly has merit, I think most would agree this was not the time, the place, nor the circumstance to illustrate that point. Had Trayvon Martin been the initial aggressor the night he was killed by George Zimmerman, perhaps his point of African Americans not needing to immediately come to one another’s defense simply because of our skin color would be legit. But in a case like this where, to many, the evidence proves Trayvon never had a chance once the neighborhood watchman set his eyes on him, you should absolutely have a reaction — not just because you’re black though I would think as a Black male you could identify more than anyone — but because a child was gunned down unnecessarily and his killer went without consequence.
Of course once everyone got wind of these remarks, Kobe tried to fix them up with a tweet I think we all can agree he might as well have saved.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 27, 2014
The bottom line is it’s too late bruh. If you really feel that way about Trayvon why don’t you call up The New Yorker and ask for a retraction? Or, like your stance on racial solidarity, will you also not assert yourself when it comes to stirring the pot with an opinion that’s not popular with the white folks?
What do you think about Kobe’s remarks?