Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Times
May 30, 2020

In this opinion piece, NBA veteran Kareem Abdul-Jabbar provides his perspective, through the lens of the black community, on the ongoing protests sparked by George Floyd’s death.

I don’t want to see stores looted or even buildings burn. But African Americans have been living in a burning building for many years, choking on the smoke as the flames burn closer and closer. Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible — even if you’re choking on it — until you let the sun in. Then you see it’s everywhere. As long as we keep shining that light, we have a chance of cleaning it wherever it lands.

Read the article