ESPN analyst and sports columnist Stephen A. Smith talked to Arsenio Hall about Kobe Bryant's comments about Trayvon Martin and the role of facts versus emotions. Last week, Bryant said he shouldn't have to take the side of Trayvon just because he happens to be black.
Smith reacts to Kobe Bryant reportedly saying the following about the Travyon Martin murder:
I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American. hat 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, 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.
Here's what Smith told Arsenio:
Even though the system is sometimes unjust, unfair, it doesn’t accord us the license to be unfair as well. We have to be sure that if we re shining a light on issues that we’re just as fair-minded as we’re asking other people to be toward us. Because if we’re not willing to do that, then we don’t have a strong argument.
So you rise to the occasion by making sure you exercise a level of fairness and justice that you want others to bring your way … we’ve come a long way as a society; we have an obligation to recognize that instead of always getting emotional and assuming that someone is against us because of race.