Jabbar on Trump

Writings on the Wall, Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld. This what Jabbar has to say about a Trump candidacy.

“The teacher’s point is that we often settle for a glorified falsehood in order not to face the harsh truths and then have to do something about them. It’s just easier to go with the flow, even if the flow is a current of lies. The unwanted lesson here: most people choose to feel good rather than do good.

“What makes some people feel good during times of economic struggle, terrorism and political discord is to be told that their problems can be attributed to particular groups who want to take their jobs, rip them off or attack them. And that the world can be made better and safer by keeping those other people down or keeping them out or keeping closer watch on them. The problem with that kind of thinking is that America was built of waves of those other people struggling for their place in society. Buying into falsehoods and simplistic assumptions about people not like ourselves creates fractures in our society and weakens us. We have too many continental divides today: left versus right, wealthy versus working-class, black versus white, men versus women, young versus old, religion versus religion. With this book, my purpose is to show how many of these conflicts are the result of fear and misunderstanding, often propagated by those looking for political or financial gain. If there is one lesson of history that we would be wise to remember today, it’s what Abe Lincoln said about a house divided against itself.”

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