"Of course, to many in America, being a person of color is synonymous with being poor, and being poor is synonymous with being a criminal. Ironically, this misperception is true even among the poor. And that's how the status quo wants it," Mr. Abdul-Jabbar argues. "[I]t'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."
The chaos unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri, is not just about "systemic racism" — it's about class warfare brought on by the "One Percent," basketball icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote in an editorial published Sunday.