1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The NBA’s only six-time MVP and top overall scorer is a noted civil rights activist. He wrote a lengthy op-ed for the Los Angeles Times to speak at length about the treatment of black Americans. First of all, he said that it was wrong to loot and destroy but also it should be remembered black citizens are suffering disproportionately.
Abdul-Jabbar wrote passionately about police brutality and urged people to ‘rush to justice’ in a strongly-worded message. The former Milwaukee Buck said that racism is like ‘dust in the air’ because you can’t see it until you’re choking on it. Finally, his hope that a traumatized country must recover and learn from this unrest.