“They don’t have the political or financial power to change the circumstances, so what are they going to do? Riots are the voices of people who have no voice. This is how they have made their presence known.
“I just remember seeing a sign someone held in Minneapolis saying,” Can you hear us now? “I think it’s a very poignant statement.”
Even though Abdul-Jabbar says that the majority of the police are not a problem, “something must change” with the way African Americans are treated by a minority of law enforcement officers.
“There have always been white Americans who understand that what they see is criminal and false and that people cannot live with it, but there has been no change.
“There is really no way to get rid of bad cops. We don’t want to get rid of the awesome men and women who watch our streets. We don’t want to get rid of them, but there are bad ones cops among them, and we have to find an effective way to get rid of them that does not threaten the rest of the cops, the 99% of them who do wonderful work day after day, and often do not get thanked for it . “
“Necessary but frustrating”
Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich – a longtime vocal critic of US President Trump – says the President’s lack of leadership is “incredible”.
In addition to criticizing President Trump, Popovich never hesitated to speak of racism or police brutality.
While Popovich called the protests “necessary,” their organization frustrated the 71-year-old coach.
“But if you just organize protests and everyone goes back and forth in all directions, it doesn’t work that way.
“If it was not violent, they knew it was not violent, but it is confusing. More leadership would be welcome so that these incredible mass demonstrations could not be used by people for others We can limit the harm, but only if things are better organized. “