NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar defends nationwide protests in op-ed

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Responding to the  opens in a new windownationwide protests sparked by the death in police custody of  opens in a new windowGeorge Floyd in Minneapolis last Monday, former NBA star and social and political activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said that racism in America needs to be addressed by all Americans.

Appearing on “CBS This Morning” Monday, Abdul-Jabbar explained why he supports the protesters, and the changes he believes need to happen.

“Everybody I think remembers what Colin Kaepernick went through,” Abdul-Jabbar told “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. “His protest was a peaceful protest about this very issue. And he was ostracized, he lost his job, and he was blackballed for it. That was peaceful protest. That’s what it got you. That’s the benefit that it got him. And nothing has changed since then.

“Think about this: nothing has changed since what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop of Rodney King. That was 30 years ago. And still nothing has changed. White cops still can act with impunity and kill people that they feel like they want to kill.

“It’s got to stop someplace,” he said.

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