The events taking places in Ferguson, Missouri have hit close to home for people all across the nation. These kinds of issues are topics people would generally stay away from, but Kobe Bryant spoke out about the situation and gave his opinion on what he thinks needs to be done to avoid further incidents.
Bryant calls on power brokers within the system to have “higher conversations” on these issues.
Per the LA Daily News:
“You can sit here and argue about it until we’re blue in the face and protest about it,” Bryant said following practice on Tuesday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “Until we have a serious legal system conversation, it’s going to keep on happening.”
“What’s justifiable? What calls for legal action and what qualifies as the threshold in being able to use deadly force in that situation?,” Bryant asked rhetorically. “Those are higher conversations that need to be had.”
“That conversation was about the seed of it all for our young black youth and the seed of where things start with education,” Bryant said. “That is community support and having proper mentors in your life and providing that guidance early on in a person’s life. That’s a big thing that’s missing in our communities.” […] “I don’t know if it helps or not,” Bryant said. “But I have an opinion and I’m not bashful to use it. I don’t know if it helps or not. We all have opinions. If I feel a certain way about something, I’m more than willing to say it.”
Bryant also took to Twitter to comment on Ferguson.
The system enables young black men to be killed behind the mask of law #Ferguson #tippingpoint #change
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) November 25, 2014