Abdul-Jabbar to Megyn Kelly: 'White Society Devalues Black Lives'
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joined Megyn Kelly tonight to discuss Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, which brought the issues surrounding police and race in America front and center.
Tonight, eight mothers associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, all of whom lost children in violent incidents, addressed the DNC in support of Hillary Clinton.
Abdul-Jabbar, whose father and grandfather were police officers, said that law enforcement is the "glue that holds our society together."
He said, on the other hand, there are too many examples of African-Americans being killed or treated over-aggressively by police.
"I think that white society devalues and dismisses the value of black lives," Abdul-Jabbar said. "That's what Black Lives Matter is all about."
Kelly pressed him on why race relations seem so tense right now compared to a decade or two ago.
Abdul-Jabbar said that's because the demographics in America are changing, with people of color growing in number.
"I think that white people are starting to feel that maybe their sense of power and privilege is being challenged," he said.
Kelly asked if he was "painting with a broad brush," and he clarified that he was referring to "some" white people.
How do we get past this? Kelly asked.
Abdul-Jabbar said it will take a sincere effort at communicating from police officers the communities they are serving.
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