Re: Doc - Please hire Kareem Abdul Jabbar!!!
posted at 7/24/2011 12:17 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Doc - Please hire Kareem Abdul Jabbar!!!
[QUOTE]Kareem was, in fact, a racist in that he hated white people. Over time and from his recent behaviour, he's learned not to blame all white people for every problem. But, no excuses.....just fact that he felt abused and taken advantage of by white people growing up. You have to remember the times. From Bill Russell's era through Kareem's era, black athletes were wanted on the court/field (although even THAT took a long time) but they were still not given equal treatment off the field. Heck, in good ole Beantown, as recently as Dee Brown - white citizens loved the athlete but didn't want him to buy a house in their neighborhood nor date their daughters!!! Kareem got that in NY, in UCLA, etc. They loved his play but gave him MASSIVE grief for converting to being a Muslin. Many wouldn't even recognize his new name in the press and when calling out games. Ali, Jim Brown, Bill Russell, etc highlighted this along with leaders like Martin Luther King. It all got better over time (although we all know a massive amount still exists) but it wasn't until the Bird/Magic years and into the Jordan years that the black athlete was received as a normal citizen.....at the tail end of Kareem's career. So, yes, he was a racist. Was it justified? I don't know. If all of us were treated the way he was growing up and as people took advantage of you, you might be bitter, too. A bigger man doesn't react as he did. I didn't react to all white people that way after experiencing a lot of racism and neither did Bill Russell and most Blacks. But, I do understand WHY Kareem was a racist for a long time. Not justification....just explanation.
Posted by Celtsfan4life[/QUOTE]
Since Kareems HS days at Power Mem, he was treated like a king. I saw it first hand.
That said, I understand blacks have been prejudiced against, as have most at some time. I grew up in a tough spot where most the kids in school were militant blacks. Hated whites and I was one of a handful that attended. That was in East Orange, NJ. It was not fun & I had plenty of anti white beatings myself along the way and needed several friends with me to get home safe many times. I had plenty of reason to hate all blacks for a several year period.
It was a tough school even without racism... even their cheerleaders chanted at basketball games "E-O, E-O, we dont win, you dont go" and that wasnt too far from the truth. So many fights and a few deaths.
Still, I never lumped all blacks together and hated them. I sure would cross the street if I saw 3 blacks on one corner and 2 whites on the other...just common sense and survival. It was the times and the race ritos. Not a good time to be white attending a mostly all black city school in the middle of all this
In the end, only an ignorant person extrapolates bad treatment to everyone in a race or wishes them dead. Ignorant and a p o s. Kareem wasnt a little kid when these remarks were made and I find it unlikely his opinions have changed all that much. Perhaps mellower in older age and to be PC, for his own reasons.
Certainly, I give zero credibility to a poster who claims to be positive Kareems mind has shifted 180 degrees.
You offer an explanation and I agree with you on that 100%. I also understand when a man kills his wife cause he cant take the aggravation any longer and he snaps. Dont agree with it but I understand. But its not enough to be given a pass imo.