A leader of the Black Panther Party, who was the subject of an investigation into alleged racism in the party, has said “blackness” is no more a secret, and he wants to help the group build unity, the New York Times reported Sunday.
“It’s no longer about being a black person, it’s about being part of a movement,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar told the Times, citing his experience as a member of the Panthers.
“Blackness is a very big word in America,” Abdul-Jamal said.
“Blackness means a lot of different things, but for me, it means having a sense of belonging, having a connection to people.”
I think we have to find ways to bring people together,” Abdul/Jamal added.”
Abdul-Jalil has been an outspoken critic of the police and government, which he believes has led to widespread poverty and social unrest in the United States. “
We have to move past that and be able to embrace those who are not necessarily part of our race.”
Abdul-Jalil has been an outspoken critic of the police and government, which he believes has led to widespread poverty and social unrest in the United States.
In 2015, Abdul/Jalils father was shot to death by police during an argument about a traffic ticket.
The family was forced to flee their home in Ferguson, Missouri, and relocated to Baltimore, where Abdul/Bums father lived in poverty.
“They killed my father.
They shot him to death, because he was a black man, and they wanted to make money off of the killing of a black child,” Abdul Jalil told the Baltimore Sun in 2016.
“I believe that the Black Lives Matter movement, that they killed my dad to make a quick buck.”
AbDul Jalils death spurred riots in Baltimore, and the city was forced into a nationwide lockdown.
In February 2017, Abdul Jals father was found dead in his Baltimore apartment.