Interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

But, since you grew up on the streets of New York you must have seen, uh, other people from the Nation of Islam around, so, when the, uh, the media and a lot of Americans were acting as though this were a big negative problem, what, what was your feeling?


Well, the media reaction really didn't affect me that much. By the time that he had changed his name, I, by that time I knew a little bit about what the Nation of Islam was about, uh, as I went through high school. But early on, I really didn't understand, uh, what it was all about, so, it was kind of a mystery to me. I, I enjoyed boxing so much that it, it really didn't bother me one way or the other.