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    Posted: Mar 27 2014 at 5:59pm

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Kobe Bryant Shares Thoughts On Miami Heat Trayvon Martin Hoodie Photo

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In the March 31 edition of the New Yorker there’s a great profile of Kobe Bryant by Ben McGrath. In it, Bryant talks about aging out of his Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and how he thinks his fame is “pretty cool” for a kid who grew up in Italy and moved to suburban Philly as a teenager.

Throughout his career, Bryant’s been talking about as an outsider, specifically when it comes to being the most famous in the world in a sport that’s overwhelmingly black. It’s given him a politically moderate stance on things, which was on display when McGrath brought up the subject of LeBron James posting a photo online of the Heat players dressed in hoodies in solidarity with 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.”

The profile goes on to quote former NFL running back Jim Brown, who at one point said, “[Kobe] is somewhat confused about culture, because he was brought up in another country.” Bryant then defended himself on Twitter, writing, “A ‘Global’ African American is an inferior shade to ‘American’ African American?? #hmmm. that doesn’t sound very #Mandela or #DrKing sir.”

Setting aside a minute the fact that Bryant doesn’t seem know much about the Trayvon Martin case, what strikes me about this exchange is his insistence on questioning what it means to be black in America, particularly from the perspective of someone who grew up elsewhere. In this vein I think of Zade Smith and Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie’s recent discussion at the Schomburg, where Adichie talked at length about coming to the United States from Nigeria and learning how deeply embedded race is in American culture. What sets Bryant apart is his stingy insistence on clinging to a “post-racial” identity, this very old, conservative notion that black people should not be treated differently in this country — despite all of the evidence, like Martin’s death, that they are. People didn’t stand up for Trayvon Martin just because he was a black boy, they did it because his death so sharply illustrated the dangers of being a black boy in America.



Edited by indiecat - Mar 27 2014 at 6:11pm
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Nevermind....I didn't read

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He said Trayvon was wrongED so I'm confused.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ms_wonderland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 27 2014 at 6:02pm
i get the issue with the text below, but in the tweets isn't he saying trayvon martin was the victim and the system failed him?  he didn't mean wronged and just can't spell?
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OP fuccin up. Kobe had some real coon statements in a magazine issue thats coming out. Kobe been under fire today. 
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For those confused...ignore the tweets and read the bold.

Originally posted by indiecat indiecat wrote:


Is this a repost?

Kobe Bryant Shares Thoughts On Miami Heat Trayvon Martin Hoodie Photo

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In the March 31 edition of the New Yorker there’s a great profile of Kobe Bryant by Ben McGrath. In it, Bryant talks about aging out of his Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and how he thinks his fame is “pretty cool” for a kid who grew up in Italy and moved to suburban Philly as a teenager.

Throughout his career, Bryant’s been talking about as an outsider, specifically when it comes to being the most famous in the world in a sport that’s overwhelmingly black. It’s given him a politically moderate stance on things, which was on display when McGrath brought up the subject of LeBron James posting a photo online of the Heat players dressed in hoodies in solidarity with 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.”



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote indiecat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 27 2014 at 6:09pm
The tweets are from a different page

Yesterday, Kobe Bryant took a dip in scalding water when an excerpt from an interview he did with The New Yorker was released online where he made some very offensive comments in regards to the Trayvon Martin case and the “advancement” of African-Americans in his perceived “post-race” America.
Today, the heat was turned up another notch as social media pundits and peons have been hard at work firing off scathing 140-character criticisms of the injured Lakers’ baller.
The shots did not fall on deaf ears, Kobe replied to his amped-up assailants with this tweet:







http://bossip.com/938137/twitter-files-kobe-bryant-responds-to-self-hating-trayvon-martin-comments-and-suffers-slanderous-backlash-43081/

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Lol, fixed it, sorry
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aNgElIc*SoUl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 27 2014 at 6:14pm
Originally posted by Marcelo22 Marcelo22 wrote:

OP fuccin up. Kobe had some real coon statements in a magazine issue thats coming out. Kobe been under fire today. 


Yup, I don't feel like looking for it atm. He said something along the lines of he' doesn't have to speak on tbe Trayvon situation just because he(Kobe) is black.
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im still not getting this.  maybe yah trying too hard to make this something.
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