Hey Kobe, I Wouldn’t Support an Alleged Rap¡st Just Because He’s Black Either

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by Yvette Carnell

After all this time, you’d think I’d be used to it. Still, even in 2014, when a black star is given cover by the black community, then turns around and placates the “post-racial” white community, it stings. At issue are Kobe Bryant’s comments in the March 31st issue of the New Yorker where Bryant, with his usual dismissive arrogance, wagged his finger at the Miami Heat for rallying around Trayvon Martin:

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.

Well, first of all, those who demanded George Zimmerman’s arrest did so because Zimmerman stalked, instigated a fight, and then gunned down an unarmed teen. Race was only an issue because Zimmerman made it an issue. When Zimmerman decided that the black boy walking home from a convenience store with Skittles and iced tea must’ve been up to no good because he was black, then race became an issue. Those who rallied for Zimmerman’s arrest after the fact weren’t responsible for injecting race into the case, so Kobe Bryant is wrong on the merits.


Even more disturbing though is Bryant’s short memory. Does he not recall how black people rallied around him after he was accused of rap¡ng a 19 year old white girl at a Colorado hotel in 2003? During that period, does anyone recall Bryant speaking out and cautioning the black community against rallying behind an alleged rap¡st just because he’s black?

Honestly, the evidence suggesting Zimmerman’s guilt was much stronger than any evidence pointing to Bryant’s innocence. In that sense, if there’s anyone who blacks should not have rallied around, it was Kobe Bryant. We did the right thing by standing up for Trayvon Martin. We made a mistake when we stood up for a narcissistic basketball player who is not anchored in the African-American tradition, has no direct experience with American racism, and refuses to empathize with those who have. Former running back Jim Brown was right when he spoke of Bryant’s aloofness and indifference to the plight of African-Americans. Bye, Kobe.

 

 

8 comments
wills11111
wills11111

Wow, this is what happens when a black man dares to think for himself and not toe the line? Why not just come out and call him an "Uncle Tom" or claim he's not really "black"? Because that's obviously the thrust of this piece.


Bryant didn't need "evidence pointing to [his] innocence"—he was innocent until proven guilty, same as Zimmerman. He didn't need "rallying around", he needed a good criminal defense attorney.


And Bryant is absolutely right—standing up or making assumptions about someone on the basis of their race is ignorant and bigoted, whether to support or condemn them. 


How crazy that you dismiss him because he lived partly in Italy and doesn't have a typical victim mentality. It should be obvious that it's a good thing when young black kids—like any kids—are exposed to other cultures. It's certainly not something to hold against them, like crabs in a bucket. 


When an Irishman made it into the White House, Irish-Americans didn't disown him because his experience was different than average. In return, they assimilated fully, to the point where anti-Irish sentiment in the US is almost unheard of now.


The whole marginalization of blacks who don't toe the party line is disgusting, but more than that, it's incredibly self-defeating. What's the point of "diversity" if everyone thinks the same? The intolerance, coupled with the absurd notion that there's some test of "blackness" that goes beyond skin color, reflects a sad state of affairs for blacks.



BlackheywoodHeywood
BlackheywoodHeywood

Kobe is a rapist, the evidence was found and Kobe Bryant paid his accuser how many millions. Tell me how many people pay those who Falsely accuse them. Someone needs to remind Mr Bryant, he should be thankful that he escaped rape charges and keep his mouth shut.

CarlLPotterr
CarlLPotterr

Not surprised coming from the most selfish NBA player to every hit the hardwoods.

Goodness gracious David, I am simply amazed at your ability to turn this non news story into a referendum on President Obama. I don't want to just come out and call you a racist but you sure sound like one. To the contrary the facts support President Obama as one of the best presidents our country has ever seen. But you can't recognize that. Eye of the beholder and all that, i guess.

TrueBlackMan
TrueBlackMan

This not about O.J., this is about Kobe and his ignorant ass making public statement against our people. And for anyone who follow kobe statement and agree is a total ass-hole themselves. Let me say it like this. Kobe will have his day coming to him real soon. I promise that no Blacks will stand for him either. That punk-ass fagot will have his day. Tell punk-ass Kobe I said that. Sell-out motherfucker.

david19082
david19082

Great article. I agree that black people have a tendency to rally around black people who are not deserving of our support. O J Simpson is another one we should have turned our backs on. There's currently someone sitting in the white house that black people should give the same treatment to that's long overdue.

Watchful
Watchful

To hell with Kobe, and this is coming from a lifelong Lakers fan. I'll be glad when he's no longer donning a purple and gold jersey. He's a friggin' selfish, spoiled jerk.

CarlLPotterr
CarlLPotterr

@wills11111 Your white, aren't you? Did you even read the article? Because if you aren't white and you read the article, you would not come to that conclusion. The generalizations you draw from something you obviously don't understand is actually insulting. You should probably keep it to yourself.