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Publisher's Summary

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s deeply personal essay explores racial conflict through the prism of his childhood and the influence of his father, a police officer who walked the beat between two worlds.

Growing up in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar listened to jazz, watched Jackie Robinson at Ebbets Field, and saw a Black pop-culture icon in a TV western. It kick-started Kareem’s interest in a rich history erased by white educators. It also sparked his activism. During these years, as Kareem struggled with racism, visibility, and justice, his father’s presence loomed large with purpose. He was a Black cop weathering a complicated conflict of loyalties during the most tumultuous civil rights upheaval the country had ever been through. Now, at a time when his powerful voice is needed the most, Kareem shares his unique perspective from the front lines of sixty years of social change, not just as an activist, but as a son, an athlete, a writer, and a Black man in America.

©2021 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Narrator JD Jackson gives listeners a talented portrayal of the preteen Kareem, who doesn't understand his father's friendly persona at work because at home he is quiet and he wants quiet around him.... Listeners hear disappointment and confusion vibrate in every word Jackson delivers. The brevity of this piece would make it difficult for any narrator without Jackson's skills to give listeners a full performance, complete with character portrayals. Jackson's superb presentation succeeds in doing just that.” (AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner)

“In Black Cop’s Kid, [Abdul-Jabbar] eloquently explores the contrasts of learning about his father’s experiences as an officer and being a curious Black child during an era of widespread unrest....” (Blavity)

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I respect you but I don’t agree with you

Grouping all black people into the same category is not right. Grouping all white people into the same racist category is not right. If we continue to generalize our judgement and condemnation against these unjust groupings, our society will never advance. Be a good person. Treat other people how you want to be treated. Simple as that.

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Quick listen/read, but very insightful!

I bought the book based on my wife's recommendation and the fact that Kareem is tge greatest Center to ever play the game. Good to see this side of him and here his insight which I am sure came with difficulties and great learnings as well. Great writer indeed and appreciate the untold history lessons no matter how ugly, but true nonetheless.

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Profound and Inspiring

I loved this essay. It should be heard by every school kid, politician, police officer, and citizen.

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Slam dunk!

Nuanced and insightful, this loving tribute to his NYC cop dad and all that the police can and should be, deserves a wide audience. As always, Abdul-Jabbar thinks beyond the sound-bite while encouraging us to do likewise. Worth your time no matter how you feel about law enforcement.

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  • 02-22-22

Short With A Huge Message

This was an extremely short essay with a powerful message. Kareem took his readers on a journey of how he grew up being the son of a NYC Police Officer.

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Completely Entertaining

Had no idea Kareem was so down to earth. He's not aloof at all like the media used to peg him.

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The BIG hook shot!

A summary to contradict journalist the myth Kareem was uncooperative with the press because of his silence. The press has his answer.

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Worth listening to

Black Cop’s Kid, An Essay by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2021, audiobook essay). A thoughtful look at former NBA superstar Abdul-Jabbar’s father and his influence on the author’s development as an advocate for justice for persons of color.

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Educational

I learned more about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his nexus to being the advocate and historian of and for Africans living in America by force. I was moved by his documentary Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution so much that I immediately watched it again.

I appreciate his sharing what it was/is like being the son of a Black Police officer - especially during the late 50s and early 60s.

I appreciate his taking the time to write and address the systemic racism currently in society for Black and Native Peoples including other people of color marginalized by mainstream society.

This is a "read" worth repeating.

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Unexpected connected to my current study.

The book introduced me to a Kareem Abdul Has bar that I did not know. I am grateful for the introduction. I will explore more works by him..

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  • 10-07-21

Brilliantly written and insightful

Kareem has a unique insight into being black in America that is both fascinating and important.