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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Kobe Bryant, Gayle King, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent - why black words matter

NBA great and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote: "Without finding out any facts about the clip CBS posted from an interview in which Gayle King asks WNBA player Lisa Leslie about the 2003 rape

allegation against Kobe Bryant. or contacting Gayle King, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Snoop Dogg immediately released vitriolic personal attacks on Gayle King. Both men responded to the video clip by calling Gayle King a “bitch,” among other insults. While it’s clear that 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg were reacting from a place of deep grief, their personal emotion doesn’t justify such a public and misguided attack."

"When a man calls a woman a bitch because she does something he doesn’t like, he is nourishing the already rampant misogyny in society. But when a black man does it, he is perpetuating negative stereotypes about how black men perceive and treat women. That is harmful to the entire African American community. Snoop Dogg has 39.1 million followers on Instagram and 50 Cent has 25.3 million followers on Twitter. When they send out to their followers a threatening and abusive tirade, they are influencing a younger generation of men to continue to refer to women who don’t do what men want as bitches. Worse, Gayle King started receiving death threats.'

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