(AllHipHop News) Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant started a heated debate online when he made comments recently about the African-American community’s support for slain teenage Trayvon Martin. In an interview with The New Yorker, Bryant questioned the idea of defending Martin just because he was black.
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I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American. 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 took to Twitter to now express his belief that Martin was “wronged” and “the system did not work.”
Travon Martin was wronged THATS my opinion and thats what I believe the FACTS showed. The system did not work #myopinion#tweetURthoughts
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 27, 2014
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