As sad and untimely as Gianna Bryant’s death was, if that thirteen-year-old girl had not been on that helicopter and expired with her father, I believe the quality of her life may not have been worth living in her eyes.
I have largely stayed away from commenting on this Kobe Bryant tragedy. I’m doing what I usually do. I’m sitting back waiting on the mainstream media to find a way to vilify this famous Black man in his death, while also waiting on many regular white people, along with too many self-hating negroes, to spew their hatred (mainly on the internet) of the fact that the powerful Black man and his daughter are being memorialized in the media, while their white friends are too ignored for their liking. That is a very uncomfortable and unfamiliar place for many whites. Don’t worry, the media will here you loudly and clearly and begin to blame Mr. Bryant for the deaths of all onboard. That being said, I have largely stayed away from this topic; however, the father daughter storyline personally broke me for a few hours.
As a man of daughters only, when the news broke that Kobe’s daughter was on board with him, my heart dropped deep in the pit of my gut. All you ever want to do is protect them. I learned as an educator and mentor in some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the country, that there are a lot of Black fathers in the “hood” loving their daughters just like Kobe appeared to love his daughters- but without the resources. I also taught in more privileged neighborhoods and the love and patience from fathers to children didn’t even come close to what I saw in the “hood”. Don’t believe neither of the bs images or narratives you see in media about white fatherhood and Black fatherhood. Again, Gigi was supposed to be on that helicopter with her dad. Lastly, as a father of girls or boys, I want to believe so, so much that Kobe held Gigi until the very end as well the parents of the Gigi’s friend.