NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar added his voice to the discussion surrounding L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks saying, "More white people believe in ghosts than believe in racism." And he has done his research.
ABC's This Week host George Stephanopoulos said the country is still struggling with "lingering racism." Abdul-Jabbar agreed:
This is a problem. I did a little bit of research -- more whites believe in ghosts than believe in racism. That's why we have shows like Ghostbusters and don't have shows like racist busters. It's something that is still part of our culture. And people hold on to some of these ideas and practices just out of habit and saying that, well, that's the way it always was. But things have to change.
Abdul-Jabbar worked with the Clippers in 2000 as a coach and was not aware of Sterling's racism. He recalls Sterling as "gracious," even being invited to his daughter's wedding.
Although Abdul-Jabbar urges the NBA to take responsibility to address racism, he says to do it "when it's appropriate" and not make it something to "constantly be harping on."