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.
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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.