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Tue Jan 28, 2020, 04:04 PM

74. I imagine my response will also be controversial. The difference between Kobe and Brett

is this. Brett started assaulting women when he was a teenager and continued the assaults throughout his college years and later in law school. Kobe was involved in ONE incident.

When I first heard this story about Kobe, I felt two things. I was extremely pissed at Kobe for being so stupid. What black man would be dumb enough to get in a situation like that with a random white woman. DUMB. DUMB. DUMB. He had achieved so much. He was brilliant and talented and popular and yet he was willing to throw it away on someone who wasn't even in his social class. Jesus. The rage I felt was palpable.

Did I believe he raped her. NO. Absolutely not. Did I believe I was watching a scene from In the Heat of the Night? Yes. To me, she represented every white woman who had ever falsely accused a black man of rape. She was every white woman who ever caused a black man to die swinging from a tree. I hated her but my rage was reserved for Kobe and the people around him who should've protected him.

i was also terrified for every black man in America. I was especially terrified for black men who were acquiring power through their celebrity and wealth. I think Kobe Bryant was a wake up call. Being a black man in America is different from being a white man in America. We have a Russian agent, a traitor, a thug, a mobster, rapist, a pedophile in the White House and white people call him president. And now there's this thread designed to tarnish Kobe's legacy but not one thread here about #TraitorTrump being a Russian agent. Not one thread here, where he's referred to as #TraitorTrump instead of president, king, monarch. So please, spare me your outrage about Kobe.

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