Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Police Aren’t Under Attack. Institutionalized Racism Is.

Posted: January 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

TIME

According to Ecclesiastes, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose.” For me, today, that means a time to seek justice and a time to mourn the dead.

And a time to shut the hell up.

The recent brutal murder of two Brooklyn police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, is a national tragedy that should inspire nationwide mourning. Both my grandfather and father were police officers, so I appreciate what a difficult and dangerous profession law enforcement is. We need to value and celebrate the many officers dedicated to protecting the public and nourishing our justice system. It’s a job most of us don’t have the courage to do.

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At the same time, however, we need to understand that their deaths are in no way related to the massive protests against systemic abuses…

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