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Here’s Stephen A Smith making a boatload of sense on the subject of the tendency for people to react to news stories (or politicians, or anything else, for that matter) according to their race. Specifically, he was defending Kobe Bryant’s opined that he felt the uncomfortable with Miami Heat players wearing hoodies to protest the Trayvon Martin case, and that he prefers to wait until the evidence and facts are sifted through before making a conclusion.

But acting in a thoughtful, non-racially charged manner is not acceptable to the black establishment and their flock of hate-fired followers and Bryant has taken heat for a very reasonable stance.

Smith defended Bryant on the Arsenio Hall Show (that’s still on..?) with this gem, “You can’t turn around and assume or think that people from other races are gonna ever to be fair to you if you aren’t willing to exercise fairness yourself. Lay back, listen to the facts, and then accord justice where it should be served. Me personally, I definitely think he was right on point with that…You have to understand, when you make the mistake of jumping to emotional conclusions and being factually incorrect, your cachet diminishes. As a result, once you make that mistake, you don’t get to come back from that.”

Let’s take this a touch further. If you make kneejerk assumptions or statements based on your race, sex, gender preference, sexual preference, or nationality…you might want to heed those wise words above. Even more expansively, if you make important decisions — like who to vote for, who you do business with, in addition to what sort of rhetoric you are engaging in — based on some small aspect of your personality or some limiting personal identification, without any consideration of facts or reason, you will (and should) lose the respect of the people you engage with.