Vanessa Bryant = Political Activist?

Look, I don’t like the Lakers. I disliked them even more after Coach Phil Jackson voiced support of the new Arizona Immigration Law. Should politics be left out of sports? Well, I’ll write something on this soon but I think politics is always around us, no matter where we go.

Am I looking at Vanessa Bryant as political leader? No. I have no idea why she did it or how involved she is with the immigration issue. But like having the Suns wear their ‘Los Suns’ jerseys for a game, it’s a subtle political gesture which asks a simple question. She’s allowed to have an opinion and people who disagree with it are allowed to question her on it.

I’ll be supporting the Suns not only because of my hatred for all LA sports teams, but because of how the political stars have lined up this time. But don’t get it twisted, this issue won’t die once the playoffs are over and while Bryant, Jackson, and whoever owns the Suns jump in their pile of money at the end of the day, it’s poor, working class Americans and immigrants who suffer the most because of this issue.

But I appreciate the gesture.


Phil Jackson refused to criticize Arizona imigration law. Some fans protested and Vanessa Bryant, wife of Lakers star Kobe Bryant, wore a T-Shirt that says “Do I Look Illegal?”


One thought on “Vanessa Bryant = Political Activist?

  1. I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

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