Laker Great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: “This is a new day” for the United States
Six-time NBA MVP and Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar believe “this is a new day” because the NFL and the United States are finally aware of the unfair treatment of Americans by black people.
Abdul-Jabbar and Yahoo Finance’s Sibile Marcellus talked about the protests and the NFL’s response to the recent incident.
Abdul-Jabbar said: “What happened to George Floyd opened many people’s eyes. “They have some idea of Colin Kaepernick’s ideas. Now, four years ago, when he was demonstrating, people wanted to fire him… He pointed out things that no one wanted to talk about… The NFL is on the right side of history, which is not surprising. “
-Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) June 10, 2020
The 19th NBA All-Star Game and six NBA champion winners are known for his political enthusiasm. He has been playing sports as a student since he was a kid, when he still died under the name of Lew Alcindor.
As Alcindor, he boycotted the 1968 Olympics to protest racial inequality and converted to Islam soon after his name change.
Years ago Abdul-Jabbar speaks When the quarterback chose to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality, he supported Kempernick.
Since Kapnik protested, public opinion has changed dramatically.
“We now have a Republican MP; [Mitt] Romney was marching with the demonstrators and said, “Black people’s lives are important.” My mouth opened. This is a new day. Those who understand all this and send their voices to justice protesters. I think we will have some major changes and we will continue to discuss. I don’t think people will be silent anymore… we will continue to exert pressure. It is time for people to wake up and do this. “
The NBA’s historical scoring champion also discussed his relationship with martial artists and idol Bruce Lee, and how they responded to racism in the United States.
This post is written by Bonny Johnson