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

Racism, Not Cops, Under Attack

For TIME, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes that connecting the murders of two NYPD officers to protests is misguided and irresponsible

by #teamEBONY, December 22, 2014

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

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

In a Dec. 21, 2014 article about the shooting, the Los Angeles Times referred to the New York City protests as “anti-police marches,” which is grossly inaccurate and illustrates the problem of perception the protestors are battling. The marches are meant to raise awareness of double standards, lack of adequate police candidate screening, and insufficient training that have resulted in unnecessary killings. Police are not under attack, institutionalized racism is. Trying to remove sexually abusive priests is not an attack on Catholicism, nor is removing ineffective teachers an attack on education. Bad apples, bad training, and bad officials who blindly protect them, are the enemy. And any institution worth saving should want to eliminate them, too.







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