ABDUL-JABBAR'S POINT OF VIEW.
Racism and its hold on American society.
Article in "TIME", (4/29/14).
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's article says more than just being critical of Donald Sterling, the LA Clippers basketball team owner, whose outrageous remarks about race have caused so much furor in America lately.
He points out that racism is an infectious disease that runs through the societal fabric; and it must not be downplayed or be treated like an unwelcome joke that is forgotten after a little while.
It (racism) has been around for a long time; and he personally has experienced it, though, he made no mention of any particular incident; yet, the sentiment was clearly there to show that he knew it well to be a social illness.
"Let’s use this tawdry incident to remind ourselves of the old saying: “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.” Instead of being content to punish Sterling and go back to sleep, we need to be inspired to vigilantly seek out, expose, and eliminate racism at its first signs.", Mr. Abdul-Jabbar's quote.
He himself is one of the game of basketball players that will go down in history as the best. He has achieved a great deal for himself, his family and his race; and so, he must be taken seriously, particularly, when he says,
"I hope Sterling loses his franchise."
That is hitting the nail right on its head, so to speak; and that Sterling must be kicked out of the basketball business, to set an example, and warn others like him that they cannot indulge in provocative language and get away with it.
We all know that Sterling is a scapegoat, and that there are other individuals in the media and elsewhere, whom the public has never, or will never, hear about. They are the ones that must learn from the Sterling debacle. They will be caught one of these days, and be made a public spectacle of.
Mr. Abdul-Jabbar has clearly made his point about the outrage he felt on Sterling's racial outbursts. America thanks him enormously for his frankness and presence of mind about a very controversial subject; racism.
Let other leading African Americans come out and show solidarity with the LA Clippers basketball team, whose members are mostly black.