Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on George Floyd killing, demonstrations

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on George Floyd killing, protests

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Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stated it’s “essential” to keep discussing bigotry and authorities cruelty towards black individuals in America following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black male in Minnesota.

“This isn’t a new issue; this has been happening,” Abdul-Jabbar stated. “We all need to be respected by the people who enforce the law. And that hasn’t happened.”

Abdul-Jabbar signed up with CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Tuesday to go over the current demonstrations throughout the nation following Floyd’s death, the killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville and the Feb. 23 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. 

Video video revealed Minneapolis law enforcement officer Derek Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost 9 minutes as he stated he could not breathe. Chauvin has actually been charged with murder and manslaughtered. He was fired in addition to 3 other officers who waited and seen.

The event has actually triggered across the country demonstrations and presentations.

Abdul-Jabbar required police and business to “understand the problem” dealing with blacks in America. 

“Certain people among the ranks of police are racist or are afraid of people who don’t look like them,” Abdul-Jabbar stated. “I think all of us would serve this issue if we can make friends with someone who doesn’t look like us. I think that is a key issue here, that too much of people’s humanity and their right to be a part of the American dream, that’s not recognized all the time, and that’s very unfortunate.”

The previous Los Angeles Lakers icon composed a viewpoint piece in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, where he supported objecting throughout the nation. Abdul-Jabbar indicated “institutional racism” as part of the factor for the demonstration.

“The black community is used to the institutional racism inherent in education, the justice system and jobs,” Abdul-Jabbar composed. “And even though we do all the conventional things to raise public and political awareness — write articulate and insightful pieces in the Atlantic, explain the continued devastation on CNN, support candidates who promise change — the needle hardly budges.”

The picture of Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck likewise drew contrasts to previous National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt to oppose authorities cruelty versus blacks in America. Abdul-Jabbar stated Kaepernick was “blackballed” and not able “to earn a living because he was saying something that people didn’t want to hear.”

Abdul-Jabbar stated the NFL requires to “prove to all of us that they mean what they say” following remarks made by league commissioner Roger Goodell to “address” the “systemic issues”  dealing with minorities.

“We have to listen to people who are suffering,” Abdul-Jabbar stated

Asked how owners in sports, particularly those in the National Basketball Association, can fight bigotry and social inequality, Abdul-Jabbar recommended offering more education and “financial opportunities” to impoverished neighborhoods.

“Black Americans are often the last hired and the first fired; we can change that,” Abdul-Jabbar stated. “There’s a lot of positive ways we can relate to our fellow citizens and work on this problem and eliminate it.”

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