Even if the outcome was unjust, the fact that the case was tried, and found Zimmerman innocent at least lends credence to the thought that the first investigators didn't think a chargeable crime took place, so I'm not sure I'm totally on board with saying the demonstrations and outcry leading to charges was what was just. I truly don't know. I go back and forth on the whole case to be honest. No need to re-hash it all here, but the end result was that a jury found Zimmerman innocent.
The lead investigator for the case actually wanted to charge Zimmerman and the chief, along with an ADA, wanted to bury it. That was their plan from the night of the shooting. It's also part of the reason why the chief was asked to resign despite the garbage that egofed posted. The only justice called for by the parents and their official representatives, if memory serves me correct, was for Zimmerman to be charged and go through the court system. I don't want to rehash it either, but it's important to have the facts.
Sorry, I don't know if this is directed at me, or maybe I missed a post? The New Black Panthers are a bunch of losers and asshats, this much I believe, but I don't recall mentioning them. They're highly irrelevant to me, until someone elects to give them 5 minutes of coverage. I don't know who/what Stormfront is.
Stormfront is a white supremacist forum and the source of the Purple Drank and wrong Trayvon Martin "thug" pics that went viral. I assumed that it was what you were referring to when you mentioned "white racists." I also thought you were referring to the New Black Panthers when you mentioned "black bigots" as those two organizations were the source of a lot of crap.
And that's fine, nobody says we need to give athletes any kind of attention or weigh their opinions, although I'd suggest Bill Russell, Kareem, Charles Barkley, Muhammad Ali, and a host of other athletes have given us meaningful opinions on society from their soapbox that sports allowed them. But as someone who is well educated on the topic of race relations, and race issues, you wouldn't agree that regardless of the reason to say someone isn't black enough, or doesn't fit within the African American experience umbrella is a terribly hurtful, unjust, morally wrong thing to say?
I know you don't honestly believe that a person born an African American could be considered "not black". If he wasn't recognizable (and there are probably places he's gone where he's not) he's still going to get followed around at stores, pulled over more frequently than white people, "fit the description" of a criminal in the area. That's inescapable because of our messed up society and his skin color. Explain to me what he needs to do to be "more black".
I think it's important to put those figures in the context of the times and that unless one has demonstrated a certain level of expertise on a subject, comments should be taken with a grain of salt.
I also think that Kobe's detractors have a valid point despite the way they've expressed it. Then again, I don't think Kobe has to prove how black he is to any one and shouldn't feel the need to. Things tend to get a bit muddled where class intersects with race.