Joe Scarborough asks basketball great and prominent American Muslim Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for his perspective.
KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR: When I first became a Muslim, we were under the radar, no Muslims had done anything crazy, we stayed under the radar, most Muslims live a peaceful and prosperous life here in America. And then 9/11 came and all of that changed...
It can be difficult but I think now there is more and more understanding of how this process happens, especially when you can make parallels to things that happen in America. Like the Ku Klux Klan Saying they are the "Christian Knights" of the Ku Klux Klan, right, and they do not practice Christianity in any way.
You can see that any group can do this. There is an article in yesterday's New York Times about the first crusade, and how the first people they sacked were Jews living in Europe, they devastated them, took all their wealth and kept on the way to the holy land. So people use that as an excuse. It is not an excuse, it is no excuse, and oppressing one group means that we have to look out -- all groups have to get together to fight that type of oppression, because we all should be free.