Distorting tragedies for political gain

Former basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, whose father and grandfather were police officers, takes politicians to task in this article for cynically seeking advantage from recent tragedies. He notes that “Police are not under attack, institutionalized racism is. Trying to remove sexually abusive priests is not an attack on Catholicism, nor is removing ineffective teachers an attack on education. Bad apples, bad training, and bad officials who blindly protect them, are the enemy. And any institution worth saving should want to eliminate them, too.” This NY Times op-ed makes the additional point that we seem to be replaying the same political drama around police, crime, and race that dominated the 1980s and 1990s.


One Response to “Distorting tragedies for political gain”

  1. Ashley Says:

    While it’s probably stereotyping, I don’t find many professional athletes who are able to influence my thinking on social issues.
    In this essay, Abdul-Jabbar is mistaken about many factual points, and I strongly disagree with many of his opinions.

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