NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left little doubt as to where he stands when it comes to race relations in America, saying “white society devalues” black lives.
Abdul-Jabbar sat down with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention and when asked to comment on Michael Brown’s mother speaking at the event, was quick to dismiss as “nitpicking” the Justice Department conclusion that her son was the aggressor in Ferguson.
Kelly then asked if white society “has no real understanding of what it is like to be a black man in today’s America?”
(A black man residing in the White House notwithstanding.)
“I think that white society devalues and dismisses the value of black lives,” the retired player said. “That’s what the Black Lives Matter is all about.”
The outspoken legend then directed his invective toward police officers, who he earlier said was “the glue that holds our society together.”
“They seem to think that blacks are prone to violence and wish to harm them,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “And as soon as anything gets contentious between them and a black person, they pull out their gun and kill that black person and that eliminates any problem that they might have.”
“I’m talking about white law enforcement,” he clarified, when asked by Kelly.
Abdul-Jabbar was also clear that he buys into the left’s myth of “white privilege,” and said race relations “are bad right now because things are changing.”
“People of color are becoming more of a majority in our country,” he said. “It used to be that the majority of people in this country were white Europeans. That’s starting to change now, and I think white people are starting to feel that maybe their sense of power and privilege is being challenged.”
To his credit, Abdul-Jabbar said black communities need to “show some respect and some restraint” with police officers and talked about going “about the business of uniting our country.” He also condemned the growing number of police officers being assassinated in the streets … sort of.
“Black Americans really feel that they’re targets,” he said, “And after all this insane, cowardly murders of police officers, I can see where they would feel assaulted and violated and we have to get past that.”
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