Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has championed black causes all through his public life. It is but natural that he views Republicans negatively.
The Harlem-born center was one of the most dominant players in league history. Kareem’s skyhook is considered basketball’s most unblockable shot and with good reason.
Kareem is one of the few players to have won championships in high school, college and the pros. Kareem had the opportunity also to win an Olympic medal in 1968. But he boycotted the national team callup in solidarity with Mohammad Ali, protesting the Vietnam War.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar defined domination and winning throughout his career 🏆
-All-time points leader
-19x NBA All-Star
-6x NBA MVP
-6x NBA champion
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 16, 2021
Social justice and racial equality have once again been brought to the forefront in the wake of renewed violence. The Derek Chauvin trial was closely scrutinized by people all over the world.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticizes the Republican Party for marginalizing black people
Kareem recently wrote an opinion piece that appeared on The Guardian. In this, he laid out exactly what kind of experiences he’s had through his 74 years in America.
Kareem hails from a generation that lived through segregation and was at its most impressionable during the Civil Rights Era. Obviously, he’s seen very politically charged situations in the country’s history. The Lakers legend writes that:
“Today, we need that commitment more than ever, because if there were ever a case of Black lives not mattering, it’s the nearly 250 laws since the November election that have been passed around the country designed to marginalize Black voters.”
“It’s time for all sports leagues – who are supposed to embody the American ideals of teamwork, fair play and level playing fields – to join as one voice to represent their players, their fans and their Constitution in stopping this attempt to steal democracy.”