Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Let Rachel Dolezal Be as Black as She Wants To Be

I often find myself supporting an unpopular position, for the sake of sticking up for the underdog, resisting group-persuasion and encouraging thinking outside the box. There is no doubt that this story is one of bizarre nature, but it brings an interesting notion of race to the table, and I think Mr. Abdul-Jabbar portrays a unique point of view.

“[T]he concept of race was not a scientific entity but a myth.”

TIME

I sympathize with the dilemma of Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP whose parents maintain that she is not any part black, as she has claimed (#whiteisthenewblack). See, I too have been living a lie. For the past 50 years I’ve been keeping up this public charade, pretending to be something I’m not. Finally, in the wake of so many recent personal revelations by prominent people, I’ve decided to come out with the truth.

I am not tall (#shortstuff).

Although I’ve been claiming to be 7’2” for many decades, the truth is that I’m 5’8”. And that’s when I first get out of bed in the morning. Just goes to show, you tell a lie often enough and people believe you. I expect there will be some who will demand I give back the championship rings and titles that I accumulated during my college and…

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