“They don’t get the political power or financial power to change circumstances, so what will they do? The riots are the voices of people who don’t have a voice. That’s how they announced their presence.
“I only remember seeing a sign that someone was staying in Minneapolis that said, ‘Can you hear us now?’ I think that’s a very insulting statement. “
Although Abdul-Jabbar says it is not a problem for most police forces, “something needs to change” with the way African Americans treat a minority of police officers.
“There have always been white Americans who understand that what they see is criminal and wrong and people can’t live with that, but there has been no change.
“There’s no way we can get rid of bad cops. We don’t want to get rid of the fantastic men and women attacking our streets. We don’t want to get rid of them, but there are some bad cops among them, and we need to find an effective way to get rid of them who don’t threatening other police officers, 99% of them who do such a wonderful job day in and day out, and many times not working thanked for it. “
“Necessary but frustrating”
Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich – a vocal and longtime critic of U.S. President Trump – says the lack of leadership by U.S. President is “incredible.”
Aside from criticizing President Trump, Popovich has never been shy about racism or police brutality.
While Popovic called the protests “necessary”, their organization angered the 71-year-old coach.
“But if you just organize protests and everyone comes and goes in every direction, it doesn’t go that way.
“If there was nonviolence, they used to be nonviolent, but this is confusing. More leadership would be very welcome, so these amazing mass demonstrations people can’t use in other ways. We can limit the bad, but only if things are better organized.”