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This Post is going to be far off the beaten path of a Dear Japheth subject, somewhat. Nevertheless, a needful one. So, just bear with me. If this is a topic that doesn’t interest you, then just simply indulge me.

 

On yesterday, American CBS News Journalist Gayle King received a tremendous amount of negative backlash for remarks made during a recent interview with Lisa Leslie, former WNBA player and WNBA Olympic gold medal winner.

During a lengthy interview that was full of positivity in remembering the legacy of Kobe Bryant, a former NBA player who recently passed away along with eight other individuals including his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna in a helicopter crash, Miss King asked a few questions that in turn set off a tyrant of social media backlash.

 

“It’s been said that his legacy is complicated because of the sexual assault charge which was dismissed in 2003, 2004; Is it complicated for you as a woman, as a WNBA player?

 

Gayle King, Kobe Bryant, Lisa Leslie and most of the people who herald negative insults at Miss King on social media are all African Americans. Not only has Miss King been insulted, but she has also received death threats to the tune of having to hire a security team and bodyguards.

For whatever reason, white owned CBS News at first chose to release a media clip of the interview that only showed the part of the interview where the above question was asked and answered, along with a few follow-up questions on the same subject matter.

These actions resulted in people like Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., the rapper better known as Snoop Dog openly berating Miss King by calling her a name that I won’t even repeat in this post. If any one of these people who so hatefully berated Miss King had taken the time out to listen to the entire interview, they would have seen and heard that her question in regards to Mr. Bryant’s sexual assault charge was in the same respectful tone as the entire interview. What many African Americans seemed to be so upset about is the fact that they blame both Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King for specifically targeting African American men who were accused of sexual assault, child molestation or sexual misconduct. It is the opinion of many that both unfairly target African American men, while disregarding white men like Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein and the accusations against them for sexual misconduct.

Here’s what I want to say to African American men, and African Americans in general:

Kobe Bryant lived an amazing life with an amazing career, and he gave back after he retired from professional basketball. He received the accolades, respect, adoration and idolization of the whole entire world. But Kobe Bryant wasn’t a saint, he wasn’t a god, he wasn’t an angel from heaven and he certainly was not God Almighty. He was flesh and bone and prone to mistakes and faults as the rest of humanity. One of the reasons why the grief is so painful in regards to his death and the way he died is because fans and the world idolized him and made him an idol. As I heard one fan say: “Kobe Bryant was invincible.” No he was not, if he had been, then he could not have been conquered by death. It is a dangerous thing to make an idol out of a human before The Lord. You put that individual in a dangerous position when God decides to show that he or she is a mere mortal. There is a saying that everything happens the way that it does with good reason. So many are filled with such grief and anger that they cannot see the spiritual handwriting on the wall. Look at the day of the week the crash happened on; look at the time of the day the crash happened; and look at where they were on their way to.

What has become your god? Who has become the idol that you worship before The Lord? When it comes to Sunday, where do you spend your time? What do you spend your hard earned money on? Who are you willing to die and go to Hell for because you idolize them greater than you reverence Christ Jesus?

The question asked by Miss King angered Snoop Dog so, that he called one of his own sistas on social media a nasty name I won’t even repeat! And why? Why did that touch that kind of a nerve with him? Is not the challenge of a sexual assault accusation a part of the legacy Kobe Bryant left behind? Wasn’t being in that predicament his own doing? Then why did you get so angry with your sista that you called her out like that as though Mr. Bryant was a spotless lamb? Granted, perhaps the timing was wrong, but the discussion did center around his legacy. And like it or not, rape allegations is a part of the legacy that Kobe Bryant left behind. If he had not been in a place having consensual sex (according to him) with a white woman while he was married to his Mexican wife, then the accusation could not have ever been made.

Irrespective of what your thoughts were of Miss King, to have called her out like that was no better than the complaints African Americans make against the mistreatment by their white counterparts.

Rap and Hip Hop music sing about disrespecting and degrading African American women so much so that people from other cultures blast the music from their car stereos while singing to the top of their lungs for all to hear: the B word this and the B word that. The N word this and the N word that. This is what you teach them. B suck this and B suck that. You talk about sucking something, I know exactly where that came from! You have become your oppressors. Not only do white police officers not respect you, but they don’t respect your women either, because you don’t. Sistas are berated for their hair, berated for their lips, berated for their developed buttocks, berated for their chocolate skin, berated for their backbone; and where are all of you African American men when they are being berated?

When your male ancestors were being beaten within an inch of their lives; when they were whipped so bad that their backs were split open; when they were hung from a tree and had their genitals cut off and shoved into their mouths; when they lost an eye and never even looked at the white woman; when they worked so hard on a project only to be dismissed like an insignificant cockroach and when they were belittled and demeaned so bad that their souls drained out of them, it was your sistas who held them in their arms and comforted them. It was your sistas who nurtured them, bandaged their wounds, patched their eye, encouraged them and cried with them, stood in the gap for their lives even at the risk of losing their own. And when they couldn’t beg for their lives with success, it was your sistas who tended to their dead bodies.

Their was pain in your male ancestor’s heart when their women and daughters were raped repeatedly until they brought forth the bastard children of the masters, the bastard children of the master’s sons, of the master’s brothers, the master’s fathers, the master’s uncles, and anybody else the master let have at them for the right price. But their pain was incomparable to the pain their sistas felt who were raped. Yet, they pulled themselves up and did what they had to do in order to survive. And over the centuries they still fought for their men; and they fought alongside them. And when they were left behind by their men, they scrubbed floors for your nappy heads to even give you a chance to sing or play basketball. And when you in today’s society left sistas for white women after they helped you get to where you are today, they held their heads up high and kept on scrubbing; believing one day, one day Lord!

Then it happens, African American women start educating themselves and are offered positions, good positions. They too become millionaires and billionaires, but they don’t do it by writing songs telling men to lick this and lick that. They do it using intelligence. And the higher they go, the more disrespect you pay them. You don’t want to marry a sista and leave her your wealth when you die, you prefer to marry and leave all you have to some white woman. So, because a sista can make her own money nowadays, then she’s a B.

My brotha, did you not accuse Miss King of the very thing you and other African American men do? You say that she’s attacking African American men; is that not what African American men have been doing to their sistas for decades now? Get the beam out of your own eye first my brotha, then you can see clearly the mote that is in your sistas eye. And if you want to appear to be so manly and strong, instead of degrading your sistas, how about the next time an African American female is assaulted by a white person, how about you showing up on social media or better yet in person to defend her? How about you standing up for her like your female ancestors stood up for their men? Why is it that you would rather be filled with such hate against your own women?

The saddest reality of old is that brothas have been played, again. CBS News played you like a violin. You are so quick to pass judgment before having the complete story. White men own you and they can still turn you against your own women anytime they want to; anytime it suits them. You have more respect for and a blind trust when it comes to white people than you have for your own people. Sad! The same company whose former president was dismissed a year ago amidst sexual allegations strategically released that specific clip of Miss Kings’ interview and played the African American community like puppets during a highly emotional time.

Afro-America, you are exactly where white America wants you, throwing daggers at each other. This ensures that you won’t be focused on organizing a revolt against them.

Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. and every other African American who herald stones at their sista, you need to apologize to her. You need to repent of your own sins, especially before asking the world to pray for Bryant’s widow and remaining children. And, come next Sunday, how about rethinking where you would like to be if death should come knocking on your door.

Note: This post was not written to side with any particular person or against any particular person. I do believe that Miss King’s question was fair game though when addressing Kobe Bryant’s legacy. Would I have asked that question at this particular time, no I would not. But I do believe that Miss King was actually using Mr. Bryant’s friend, Lisa Leslie to reiterate that one well known mistake doesn’t define who we are as a person or people. If you re-listen to the whole interview, I believe you will come away with this same conclusion. The reason why I wrote this post is because I was moved with deep sorrow at how African Americans were using social media to attack one of their own. Would to God you would actually learn how to have each other’s back come Hell or High Water!

God help the children of your original creation and the true people of your covenant.

 

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