Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has much to say about Tuesday's election results that have rocked the globe. The NBA legend and one of the sports world's most respected intellectuals wrote an op-ed published in Thursday's Washington Post about the hopelessness he felt at the prospect of a Trump presidency.
As a black Muslim-American, Abdul-Jabbar discussed the "rage of betrayal" that he feels from election results that seem to roll back the progression for people of color in America. He even stated that the country will find it difficult to transition as our society "embraces the leadership of a racist."
"Yes, we’re all supposed to come together after an election, let bygones be bygones, and march forward unified as neither Democrats nor Republicans but patriotic Americans celebrating the triumph of the democratic process. But it’s difficult to link arms when the home of the free embraces the leadership of a racist.
Let the other groups denigrated and threatened by Trump speak for themselves. The women, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, the LGBT community and others who now must walk through the streets of their country for the next four years in shame and fear, knowing that their value as human beings has been diminished by their neighbors. I only speak for myself as an African American and I speak with the rage of betrayal."
Abdul-Jabbar has been very critical of Trump's presidential campaign. In September, he penned another anti-Trump op-ed for the Washington Post titled "This Is The Difference Between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders." Trump responded with a handwritten message scribbled over a copy of the op-ed, and sent it directly to Abdul-Jabbar soon after it was published.
Now I know why the press always treated you so badly – they couldn’t stand you. The fact is that you don’t have a clue about life and what has to be done to make America great again.
In July, Abdul-Jabbar spoke in support for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, and also made a scathing remark about Trump in his speech at the event.