Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: “Revolt is the voice of people who have no voice”

Dortmund's English midfielder Jadon Sancho shows a "Justice for George Floyd" shirt as he celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match SC Paderborn 07 and Borussia Dortmund at Benteler Arena in Paderborn on May 31, 2020.
“These are people who have no other voice now,” said Kareem Abdul-Jabbar CNN.

“They don’t have the political power or the financial power to change circumstances, so what will they do? Revolt is the voice of people who have no voice. That’s how they made their presence known.

“I just remember seeing a sign someone held in Minneapolis that said, ‘Can you hear us now? I think it’s a very touching statement.”

Protesters filled the streets across the country to protest police brutality and death George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis.
The former interview with Milwaukee Buck and LA Laker at CNN followed an editorial written for Los Angeles Times on May 30 explaining that “even if we do all the conventional things to raise public and political opinion … the needle hardly moves.”

Although Abdul-Jabbar claims that most police forces are not a problem, “something must change” with the way African Americans are treated by a minority of law enforcement officers.

“There have always been some white Americans who understand that what they see is criminal and wrong and people can’t live with it, but there hasn’t been any change.

“There really is no way to get rid of bad cops. We don’t want to get rid of the fantastic men and women out there patrolling our streets. We don’t want to get rid of them, but there are some bad cops among them, and we have to find a way. effective to get rid of them not to threaten the rest of the cops, 99% of them doing such a wonderful job day after day, and many times not being thanked for it. “

“Necessary but frustrating”

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In the meantime, Gregg Popovich, head coach of San Antonio Spurs – a longtime vocal critic of US President Trump – says the lack of leadership on the part of the US president is “unbelievable”.

In addition to criticizing President Trump, Popovich has never been shy about talking about racism or police brutality.

While Popovich called the protests “necessary”, their organization frustrated the 71-year-old coach.

“When Dr. King protested, you knew when to show, when to return the next day,” said five-time NBA champion in a interview with “The Nation”.

“But if you’re just organizing protests and everyone comes and goes in all directions, it doesn’t work that way.

“If he were non-violent, they knew they were non-violent, but this is confusing. Greater leadership would be very welcome, so these incredible mass demonstrations cannot be used by people for other means. We can limit the bad guys, but only if things they are better organized. “

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