The Basketball Diaries


I just can’t get my head around this Time article. This is from a man, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who made millions many times over because he was good at basketball (arguably an unnecessary skill in productive economy) and later by drawing on his fame.

Is he saying that he should never have been allowed to become a millionaire?

He says the next race war won’t be about race, it will be about class, that the “rich” just aren’t doing enough but then he turns right around and argues that the white power structure is keeping the black man down.

Well, OK. A few questions, if I may, Mr. Abdul-Jabbar…

  • Do you know that there are more whites on welfare than there are blacks?
  • Does the white man impregnate black women with black babies and then leave them, refusing to support them so that the government has to do it?
  • Is it the white man’s fault that black children are more likely to drop out of school when education is the one key to escaping poverty – the other being an involved, two-parent family unit?
  • He says that blacks are targeted more often in some cities – that I cannot argue with because they are – but do not young inner-city black men glom on to a culture that glorifies crime and violence?
  • Do you know that the first three questions are valid when asked about white people?

But it appears that the real reason we are where we are is because the 1% is lying to us:

“The U.S. Census Report finds that 50 million Americans are poor. Fifty million voters is a powerful block if they ever organized in an effort to pursue their common economic goals. So, it’s crucial that those in the wealthiest One Percent keep the poor fractured by distracting them with emotional issues like immigration, abortion and gun control so they never stop to wonder how they got so screwed over for so long.

One way to keep these 50 million fractured is through disinformation. PunditFact’s recent scorecard on network news concluded that at Fox and Fox News Channel, 60 percent of claims are false. At NBC and MSNBC, 46 percent of claims were deemed false. That’s the “news,” folks! During the Ferguson riots, Fox News ran a black and white photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with the bold caption: “Forgetting MLK’s Message/Protestors in Missouri Turn to Violence.” Did they run such a caption when either Presidents Bush invaded Iraq: “Forgetting Jesus Christ’s Message/U.S. Forgets to Turn Cheek and Kills Thousands”?”

PunditFact? Really? Go have a look at the things that they said were “false” on their file on FOX. They stretch, parse and take statements out of context to log them as false on FOX. I’m going to have to rate PunditFact’s (a subsidiary of the leftist Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact) “Mostly False”.

For example – Wayne Rogers (yes, it is the M.A.S.H. Wayne Rogers – he is a successful investor and a regular guest on the Fox business shows) said: “There are over 200 documented cases where (Obama) has lied” to which PunditFact gleefully responded “False” which is funny because several sources have logged over 250 cases and PolitiFact themselves have 80 of them sourced – and they weren’t really trying because they missed some whoppers.

What shall we do?

Why, we need to redistribute of course – and we need to burn that evil 1% at the stake:

“Dystopian books and movies like Snowpiercer, The Giver, Divergent, Hunger Games, and Elysium have been the rage for the past few years. Not just because they express teen frustration at authority figures. That would explain some of the popularity among younger audiences, but not among twentysomethings and even older adults. The real reason we flock to see Donald Sutherland’s porcelain portrayal in Hunger Games of a cold, ruthless president of the U.S. dedicated to preserving the rich while grinding his heel into the necks of the poor is that it rings true in a society in which the One Percent gets richer while our middle class is collapsing.

That’s not hyperbole; statistics prove this to be true. According to a 2012 Pew Research Center report, just half of U.S. households are middle-income, a drop of 11 percent since the 1970s; median middle-class income has dropped by 5 percent in the last ten years, total wealth is down 28 percent. Fewer people (just 23 percent) think they will have enough money to retire. Most damning of all: fewer Americans than ever believe in the American Dream mantra that hard work will get them ahead.”

And we need a government to hang those rich bastards:

“The middle class has to join the poor and whites have to join African-Americans in mass demonstrations, in ousting corrupt politicians, in boycotting exploitative businesses, in passing legislation that promotes economic equality and opportunity, and in punishing those who gamble with our financial future.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s opinions deserve to be heard but when he favors blaming the “rich” and dismisses any potential for personal responsibility to be a cause when we are still a free country, when he dismisses debasement of our own culture as a contributor to young men who see honor in crime and none in marriage and fatherhood, when he dismisses the lack of education as a driving force when education is offered free and is readily available and he ignores that the very tool he wishes to use to achieve his Utopia, the government, is the primary reason for the economic conditions he decries, he reveals himself as just another rich Marxist calling for violent revolution.

* Note: According to, Mr. Abdul-Jabbar has a net worth of over $20 million.

4 thoughts on “The Basketball Diaries

  1. Perhaps that $20 million is the reason Kareem wants redistribution. He feels guilty for not doing anything in hi community with his wealth, so he justifies his own lack of responsibility by insisting his money is too little to make a difference, but everybody’s money is needed. Of course at his level, he won’t miss a million or two and he’s not a job creator, so it’s no big deal … to him … if the rich pay more. The fact that you could tax every American who earns more than a million at 100 % of their income and not cover the deficit for a year is lost on people like him. That such taxation would destroy jobs and make the poor even more dependent upon government is just too difficult for them to grasp. The so-called 1% have unlimited money and no bills and do nothing of worth in the view of the redistribution crowd.

  2. It always amazes me how truely ignorant famous athletes and actors are. Most welfare is simply used to enable/allow the recipients to continue to spend money on their vices (mostly drugs, booze and cigarettes). This particular 300 lb 6’4″ black unarmed teenager had stolen cigars from a store for the purpose of making marijuana blunts. I was poor, grew up poor and struggled to support a family when I was a young man and I bought my family food not drugs and booze. It’s time that as a country we acknowledge that most people on welfare waste money and benefits, get too much money and benefits and no one with two TVs, air conditioning and buying drugs/booze/smokes is “poor”. Our “poor” are spoiled and lazy.

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