Kareem Abdul-Jabbar On American Values

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NBA all-time great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his call to heal this angry, divided country.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar presents a tribute to Muhammad Ali at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/IAP)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar presents a tribute to Muhammad Ali at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/AP)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a force of nature in the NBA. Record six-time MVP. Still the league’s all-time leading scorer. A great athlete with a mind so quick he was almost unstoppable. Still is. You might have seen him last month introducing Khizr Khan, the Muslim immigrant father of a fallen American vet who brought the house down at the Democratic National Convention. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is thinking big about saving the country. He’s with us. This hour On Point,  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. — Tom Ashbrook


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, retired NBA center, actor and author. Author of the new book, with Raymond Obstfeld, “Writings on the Wall: Searching for A New Equality Beyond Black and White.” All-time leading scorer in the history of the NBA. Also author of "Sasquatch in the Paint," "Black Profiles in Courage," and "Giant Steps." (@kaj33)

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TIME: The Khans Should Be America’s Wake-Up Call -- "Although I have been politically active for most of my life, especially in civil rights, this year’s Democratic National Convention was my first. I was excited to contribute, but a part of me had been disheartened in the months leading up to the convention. I had begun to feel like America was trapped in a nightmarish Alien sequel, with Donald Trump starring as the toothy creature who feeds on America’s insides until bloated with our vital organs, ultimately destroying the host."

CNBC: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Donald Trump’s ideas on Muslims are tyrannical — "'At its core, discrimination is the result of fear. Those who think Americans scare easily enough to abandon our country's ideals in exchange for a false sense of security underestimate our resolve,' Abdul-Jabbar said."

ABC News: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Urges Police, Black Community to Engage in ‘Conversation’ -- "'It’s a frightening thing to see the breakdown start to occur like that because without the police, we don’t have a civil society,' Abdul-Jabbar told ABC News’ White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in Philadelphia. 'We have chaos, and we need police absolutely. They are really heroes. We ask too much of them, and they try to do it with a smile.'"

Read An Excerpt Of "Writings On The Wall" By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

This program aired on August 18, 2016.


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