Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Racism and Ghosts

  • Aired:  05/05/14
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar weighs in on L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling's bigoted remarks, arguing that more white people believe in ghosts than in racism. (3:10)

>> HEY, WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY,THANK YOU SO MUCH.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: FOLKS, THANK YOU

SO MUCH, LADIES ANDGENTLEMEN.

LADIES AN GENTLEMEN, I DON'TKNOW IF YOU WATCH

TELEVISION.

THEY GOT SOME GOOD STUFF ONTHERE.

YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT.

THIS WEEKEND THE TUBE WASLOADED WITH PEOPLE REHASHING

THE RACIST COMMENTS OF L.A.

CLIPPERS OWNER AND MAN WHOEATS ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE

BLACK AND WHITE COOKIEDONALD STERLING.

NOW AS I SAID LAST WEEK,STERLING'S COMMENTS ARE

REPREHENSIBLE.

NO ONE CONDEMNS THEM MORETHAN I DO.

AND YES, IT IS A CONTEST.

(LAUGHTER)BUT THE MAN WAS FINED $2.5

MILLION AND SUSPENDED FORLIFE.

THE STORY IS OVER.

LET'S MOVE ALONG.

BECAUSE I BELIEVE RACISMGOES AWAY NATURALLY IF YOU

STOP TALKING ABOUT IT.

(LAUGHTER)JUST LIKE STDs.

SO I WAS ESPECIALLY HURTTHIS PAST SUNDAY TO SEE THE

TALLEST FRIEND OF THIS SHOWKAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR ON THIS

WEEK WITH GEORGESTEPHANOPOULOS GOING AFTER

WHITEY.

>> WHAT ABOUT THE UNDERLYINGISSUE THAT THE COUNTRY IS

STILL STRUGGLING WITHLINGERING RACISM.

>> WELL, THIS IS A PROBLEM.

I DID A LITTLE BIT OFRESEARCH.

MORE WHITES BELIEVE INGHOSTS THAN BELIEVE IN

RACISM.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: OH YEAH, KAREEM?

TWO WORDS.

ERNIE HUDSON.

(APPLAUSE)DID THIS MAN-- DID THIS GOOD

MAN, DID HE GIVE HIS LIFEFOR NOTHING?

(LAUGHTER)ERNIE HUDSON'S DEAD, RIGHT?

NO, I'M BEING TOLD HE ISALIVE.

ARE YOU HAPPY, KAREEM?

I CAN'T BELIEVE ERNIEHUDSON IS ALIVE TO HEAR

THESE KIND OF ATTACKS.

OH, ALL WHITE PEOPLE BELIEVEIN GHOSTS AND DON'T BELIEVE

IN RACISM.

(LAUGHTER)EVEN IF-- EVEN IF THAT IS

TRUE, EVEN IF THAT IS TRUELET'S LOOK ON THE BRIGHT

SIDE HERE.

GHOSTS GIVE WHITE PEOPLESOMETHING TO BE AFRAID OF.

IF I WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLEOF THE NIGHT AND HEAR THINGS

RATTLING AROUND DOWNSTAIRS,I GOT TWO OPTIONS, EITHER

IT'S A GHOST OR IT'S A BLACKGUY, OKAY.

YOU PICK, KAREEM, I'M GOINGWITH GHOST.

BUT THEN AGAIN I'M NOT ARACIST LIKE SOME PEOPLE.

I MEAN COME ON, KAREEM!

WE BOTH KNOW IF YOU SAW ASHRIEKING SPECTRAL FIGURE

GLIDING TOWARDS YOU ON ASIDEWALK YOU'D CROSS TO THE

OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET.

(LAUGHTER)OR IF THE APPARITION OF A

VICTORIAN CHILD MOVES INTOYOUR NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE AND

WOULDN'T STOP POINTING AT ABLEEDING CLOSET DOOR, I

THINK YOU WOULD WORRY ABOUTYOUR PROPERTY VALUE

DROPPING.

(LAUGHTER)BUT I'M GOING TO LET YOU GET

BY ON THIS ONE.

I WILL LET YOU SLIDE.

BECAUSE YOU'RE A FRIEND.

AN IN THIS CASE, IT'SREASONABLE TO MIX UP RACISM

AND GHOSTS.

BECAUSE DONALD STERLING ISBOTH A RACIST AND LOOKS LIKE

SLIMER.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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