Colbert Takes Apart Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Theory on Ghosts and Race

On Sunday, former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos to share his thoughts about the underlying issues behind L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments. There was once statement Abdul-Jabbar made that caught Stephen Colbert’s attention: “More whites believe in ghosts than believe in racism.”

Colbert began by reiterating that he finds Sterling’s comments “reprehensible,” adding, “No one condemns them more than I do, and yes, it is a contest.” But at the same time, the host felt is was time to move on from this story, because he believes “racism goes away naturally if you stop talking about it, just like STD’s.”

So he was disappointed to see Abdul-Jabbar “going after whitey” with his statements on This Week. “Even if that’s true,” Colbert said of the NBA star’s assertion, “let’s look on the bright side here: Ghosts give white people something to be afraid of.” The next time he wakes up in the middle of the night and hears things “rattling around downstairs,” Colbert’s going to assume it’s a ghost and not a black guy.

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