Interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
QUESTION 4
JACKIE SHEARER:

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?

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR:

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.