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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Calls Celebrities’ Anti-Semitism ‘So Disheartening’


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is criticizing fellow celebrities for casually expressing and failing to talk out in opposition to anti-Semitism, arguing that such actions are solely contributing to the “Apatholypse,” which the previous basketball legend outlined as “apathy to all types of social justice.” 

In his newest column for The Hollywood Reporter, the athlete and activist described a lot of latest anti-Semitic incidents, all occurring throughout the previous two months, as a “very troubling omen for the way forward for the Black Lives Matter motion.”

The “surprising lack of large indignation” following these incidents, particularly contemplating “the New Woke-fulness in Hollywood and the sports activities world” as individuals protest police brutality and racism, was particularly troubling, Abdul-Jabbar wrote.

The incidents he outlined embody rapper Ice Dice posting a sequence of tweets implying that Jewish individuals have been answerable for Black oppression, NFL participant DeSean Jackson sharing a quote misattributed to Hitler on how “the Jews will blackmail America,” former NBA participant Stephen Jackson defending DeSean Jackson, comic Chelsea Handler (who’s herself Jewish) sharing movies of Nation of Islam chief Louis Farrakhan, who has lengthy championed Black communities but additionally has an extended historical past of anti-Semitism, and President Donald Trump’s reelection marketing campaign accusing billionaire donors of Jewish descent of “pushing for methods to rig the November election.”

“These well-known, outspoken individuals share the identical scapegoat logic as all oppressive teams from Nazis to the KKK: all our troubles are due to bad-apple teams that worship mistaken, have the mistaken complexion, come from the mistaken nation, are the mistaken gender or love the mistaken gender,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “It’s so disheartening to see individuals from teams which have been violently marginalized do the identical factor to others with out realizing that perpetuating this type of dangerous logic is what perpetuates racism.”

Abdul-Jabbar went on to acknowledge that DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson and Handler had apologized, however others — akin to Ice Dice, who maintained that he was not particularly anti-Semitic, however merely “telling the reality” and “pro-Black” — have been “defiantly marinat[ing] in their very own prejudice.” 

“If we’re going to be outraged by injustice, let’s be outraged by injustice in opposition to anybody,” he concluded.

Journalist Jemele Hill echoed Abdul-Jabbar’s concern about celebrities’ latest anti-Semitic feedback in an article for The Atlantic. And the identical day that Abdul-Jabbar’s column was printed, ViacomCBS fired actor and tv host Nick Cannon for a podcast that “promoted hateful speech and unfold anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” together with suppositions that Black individuals have been the “true Hebrews” and references to “the Rothschilds, centralized banking, the 13 households, the bloodlines that management every little thing even outdoors of America.” 

Learn Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s full column right here.