Adventures in conclusion jumping, Part 1

Adventures in conclusion jumping, Part 1

Jumping to conclusions without having all the facts is more commonplace than ever.

Recently, NBA star Kobe Bryant made some comments regarding the George Zimmerman trial and the Miami Heat’s stance.

In an article published  in The New Yorker called “The Fourth Quarter,” Bryant said this about the Miami Heat’s team photo with each the player wearing a hoodie(You might recall that Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was killed by Zimmerman):

“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.”


I understand what Kobe is saying about thinking the worst before not having all of the facts. However, he may have contradicted himself.

Remember, a lot of people jumped to their own conclusions when Bryant was charged with sexual assault back in 2003. A Black man having sexual contact with a white woman is still a taboo is some circles. People thought the worst of him — especially since he’s a married man.

Knowing his own history regarding the criminal justice system, why would he make such a daft statement? You would’ve thought he would  learn from his own actions.

Making judgements without having all of the facts is a foolhardy assessment to make. The person or persons who are involved are only setting themselves up for failure.

Maybe Kobe was talking about himself and the things that were said about him back in 2003. However,  the tragic deaths of Emmett Till,Oscar Grant, Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin ought to be more than enough for some to take the leap Kobe criticized.

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