Kobe Bryant’s controversial comments about Trayvon Martin now has Black celebs trying to prove their support wasn’t because Trayvon was Black, which is what Dwyane Wade said in defense of his Miami Heat teammates.
Not that anyone needs to prove to Bryant or the world why people stood in solidarity with Martin, but Miami Heat star D. Wade chose to respond.
As a refresher, in the April 4th issue of The New Yorker Bryant made it known why he wasn’t going to jump on the bandwagon of supporting Martin just because he was Black.
"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."
Bryant's comment was met with warranted backlash since the national case is still a sore spot for many Americans. After being called to task for his inflammatory remarks Bryant took to Twitter to respond.
“Travon [sic] Martin was wronged THATS my opinion and thats what I believe the FACTS showed. The system did not work #myopinion #tweetURthoughts,” he tweeted. He also added, “One more time for the tweeting impaired this is NOT about legal debate or sides It's about equality on ALL fronts #colorblind #genderblind.”
Colorblind. How cute.
D. Wade’s rebuttal said the team’s support had more to do with the fact it happened locally and that many of the teammates had sons and less to do about Martin being Black.
"It was our backyard, and being in our backyard, being something that a lot of guys on this team—not only growing up in the kind of environment that Trayvon was in—but also having young boys," Wade told Bleacher Report. "Knowing that he is a big fan of the Miami Heat. That is something that we got behind. As a team. I can't even say the organization. It was as a team. We got behind it. And it was more so that than the color of his skin."
The fact that people are even explaining why they stood in solidarity with Martin shifts the focus to Black people’s “blind” support instead of it being where it should: on an unarmed teen being murdered for going to the store and his murderer getting off scot-free because of Stand Your Ground laws.
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