Angela has not lost a drop of brain power since the '60's. Her link between issues bear attention. I do think she did not give credit to those few police who are reaching out to their communities. Some balance was missibg.
First, I appreciate the road Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has paved for equality in American athletics and sympathize with the discrimination Mr. Jabbar may have faced at the outset of his career. However, Kareem perpetuated ignorance of our founding fathers, blatantly lied about the perspective of the Tea Party, stated that the reason black athletes like Evander Holyfield have lost their fortunes is because of white oppression, and reinforced ideas of government dependence and the fault of white Americans for every problem the black American has ever had. I attended in the hope of hearing an acknowledgment of past wrongs by the United States, which I received plenty of, but was hopeful he would encourage a policy of proving stereotypes wrong with actions and achievement despite oppression rather than leaving behind a legacy of dependent excuse makers. His speech seemed to reinforce structural binaries with his distinguishing of black Americans from white Americans, rather than referring to everyone as just "American". He spoke of the need to make sacrifices for the little guy, but arrogantly pointed out that it was Magic Johnson's job to make sacrifices in order to let someone "who can score" have the ball. Everyone but Kareem seemed to be making the sacrifices in his analogies. I hope that the audience was skeptical of the majority of his claims and know the truth about history beyond the talking points of modern liberals.