Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Calls Celebrities' Anti-Semitism 'So Disheartening'

Written by on July 15, 2020

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is criticizing fellow celebrities for casually expressing and failing to talk out towards 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 quite a few 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 “stunning lack of huge indignation” following these incidents, particularly contemplating “the New Woke-fulness in Hollywood and the sports activities world” as folks protest police brutality and racism, was particularly troubling, Abdul-Jabbar wrote.

The incidents he outlined embrace rapper Ice Dice posting a collection of tweets implying that Jewish folks had been liable 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 a protracted 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 folks 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 flawed, have the flawed complexion, come from the flawed nation, are the flawed gender or love the flawed gender,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “It’s so disheartening to see folks from teams which have been violently marginalized do the identical factor to others with out realizing that perpetuating this sort of unhealthy logic is what perpetuates racism.”

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

“If we’re going to be outraged by injustice, let’s be outraged by injustice towards 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 revealed, 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 folks had been the “true Hebrews” and references to “the Rothschilds, centralized banking, the 13 households, the bloodlines that management the whole lot even exterior of America.” 

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

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