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Sport Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Racism is 'more deadly than COVID-19'

19:20  31 may  2020
19:20  31 may  2020 Source:   yardbarker.com

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Hall of Famer and legendary Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has had enough of the systematic racism in the United States, and he opened up about all the feelings he's been experiencing regarding the matter in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wearing a suit and tie: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discussed racism in an op-ed for the L.A. Times. © Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discussed racism in an op-ed for the L.A. Times.

Everything about Abdul-Jabbar's writing was powerful, but one thing specifically stood out when he compared racism to a deadly virus — he couldn't be any more right. Abdul-Jabbar wrote:

"So, maybe the black community’s main concern right now isn’t whether protesters are standing three or six feet apart or whether a few desperate souls steal some T-shirts or even set a police station on fire, but whether their sons, husbands, brothers and fathers will be murdered by cops or wannabe cops just for going on a walk, a jog, a drive. Or whether being black means sheltering at home for the rest of their lives because the racism virus infecting the country is more deadly than COVID-19. What you should see when you see black protesters in the age of Trump and coronavirus is people pushed to the edge, not because they want bars and nail salons open, but because they want to live. To breathe."

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Abdul-Jabbar's words come after the death of George Floyd and in reaction to the many protests sweeping the country to combat police brutality and racial injustice.

This isn't the first time the six-time NBA champion has spoken out about racism in the United States — he's done so on multiple occasions. He 2018, he spoke to students at the University of Rochester about issues dividing the country, and in 2019 wrote an article for The Guardian discussing what sports taught him about racism in America.

Floyd, an African American man, died Monday after being restrained by police for alleged forgery. An officer put immense pressure on Floyd's neck with his knee as he laid on the ground fighting for his life. A witness' video surfaced showing Floyd begging for his life and even telling the officer he couldn't breathe. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

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  The Backstory: 'Get ready.' The next generation of black journalists has something to say. We often say we write the first draft of history. Newsrooms must be diverse, and must empower diverse voices, to get that draft right.I stand with every journalist on the front lines, their eyes burning and throats stinging, risking arrest at any moment, but going back out day after day to witness and report the truth.

The officer who knelt on Floyd's neck, Derek Chauvin, was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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On this date 35 years ago, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 29 points, grabbed seven boards and dished four assists to lead the Lakers to a 111-100 win over the Celtics in the deciding Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_4cfdfb6d-e9de-4d7d-91ec-ac3084af4663").all(); }); Abdul-Jabbar called the win the "sweetest" of his four NBA championships so far, mainly because the Lakers won in the Boston Garden, a house of horrors for Los Angeles. The Lakers lost Game 1 of the series there, 148-114.

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