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Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joins panel to discuss police brutality and health inequity

Last week, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar penned a thoughtful article in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Abdul-Jabbar, who's been a lifelong activist, has never shied away from using his voice to point out injustice in America and ultimately the world.

The Hall of Famer has been a prominent figure in the news as of late and continues to speak out in hopes of change.

"Yes, protests often are used as an excuse for some to take advantage,'' Abdul-Jabbar wrote in the L.A. Times piece. "Just as when fans celebrating a hometown sports team championship burn cars and destroy storefronts.

"I don't want to see stores looted or even buildings burn. But African-Americans have been living in a burning building for many years, choking on the smoke as the flames burn closer and closer. Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible - even if you're choking on it - until you let the sun in. Then you see it's everywhere.''

According to The Los Angeles Times' Broderick Turner, Abdul-Jabbar spoke to current Los Angeles Lakers players and answered questions surrounding how he dealt with racial issues while playing basketball in the 1960s and 70s.

On Wednesday, Abdul-Jabbar took part in a roundtable with Mitch Landrieu, Maurice A. Jones and Caron Butler to further the conversation around police brutality and health inequity.

Click the player above to see the full discussions.

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