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— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) June 30, 2015
Re: the Trayvon Martin case:
“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American”
To which Bryant replied:
“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.”
For those that remember early 20th Century Harlem Renaissance artist Zora Neale Huston, whose contribution to Ethnography, Anthropology, and Literature made her a rock star in her time (Zora’s popularity reemerged in the 1980s when Alice Walker reintroduced her work) not many remember that Huston’s political views were contrary.
Neale was a conservative. Unlike many of her literary peers, she rejected notions of group identity, grievance, and identity politics. Though we’re not suggesting Kobe Bryant is a conservative, Neale and Bryant both declined to speak for the “black community”, believing that we should be beyond that. Once asked to comment on a news-making achievement of a fellow African American (just because she, too, is black) her response was not unlike Bryant’s. It was identical. Huston said dismissively (though not an exact quote, this is the gist of her comment):
“When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, do you think white people jumped for joy (that one of their race made this achievement)?’
Which expresses the same common-sense rejection of racial grouping Kobe Bryant expresses here:
“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?”
“I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. . . . I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature has somehow given them a lowdown dirty deal and whose feelings are all hurt about it.”
AWRHawkins reports: On New Year’s Eve, Miami Heat star LeBron James and his wife, Savannah, went to Lock & Load Miami, where they shot fully automatic rifles then posed for pictures with the targets they decimated.
The M-249 is an extremely popular weapon with U.S. military personnel and can be shot either by using ammunition magazines or by using linked, belt-fed ammunition. The video of James shooting shows that he used belt-fed ammo while calmly squeezing off an untold number of rounds.