In a recent interview with the New Yorker‘s Ben McGrath, Kobe Bryant spoke about many things relevant to himself and his basketball career including his imminent departure from the game, life, and race relations. In a shocking statement, the future NBA Hall of Famer claimed that the Black community is too quick to “jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African American”.
When McGrath asked the b-ball star about the Miami Heat’s “Hoodie” photo in recognition and memory of Trayvon Martin, Bryant adamantly stated that the move showed a lack of “progress”.
“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 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 a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to their defense just because they’re African American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would any other situation, right? So I wouldn’t assert myself.”
Maybe Kobe just hasn’t noticed that this has been happening to “African Americans” since we were called “Negroes” and prior. Sounds to me like he’s not getting his hood pass revoked, but more like turning it in.
-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)