Jim Brown On Trump: "People That Go Against The Election Are Going Against America"

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Jim Brown talked to Anderson Cooper about his meeting with Donald Trump on Tuesday and the importance of education in the black community.

"How did this meeting come about? What did you want to talk to the president elect about?" Cooper asked the NFL legend.

"About the state of black America," Brown answered. "And I've been working on that for many, many years. And he said certain things in his early days about wanting to do something about it. We have a lot of violence in our neighborhoods now. We need education. And we need jobs. Is what I'm trying to say."

Brown, when asked by Cooper if he was concerned, said it doesn't bother him that Trump's proposed cabinet is "predominantly white, predominantly male." (Cooper's words) Brown revealed that the three greatest people in his life were white.

"In terms of the people that President Trump is going to have around him, the cabinet. Predominantly white, predominantly male. Is that a concern to you at all or do you feel his reaching out to people who ever been involved in the government and it's, you know, your giving them a chance?" Cooper asked.

"That's a tremendous question, you know, and I give an answer and a lot of the people black people in my community might think I'm a sell out by saying this," Brown said. "The three greatest people in my life as a young person were white, my high school superintendent, my high school coach and a -- I graduate in Manhasset High, Kenneth Molloy who's a mentor to yours truly."

"I'm not a person that really deal in color," Brown told Cooper.

Transcript, via CNN:

ANDERSON COOPER: How did this meeting come about? What did you want to talk to the president elect about?

JIM BROWN, NFL LEGEND: About the state of black America. And I've been working on that for many, many years. And he said certain things in his early days about wanting to do something about it. We have a lot of violence in our neighborhoods now. We need education. And we need jobs. Is what I'm trying to say.

COOPER: What kind of a response did you get from him today?

J. BROWN: Totally positive. He's almost like two people, you know, he's -- was very receptive. Funny. Cracked some jokes. And understand it very well. And said he was in that he would work with us.

COOPER: During the campaign he talked about reaching out to African- American voters in particular. He talked about inner cities in a way that did offend some people. Lot of Democrats. Some African- Americans of saying what have you got to lose. What have the Democrats ever done for you that your schools aren't working? Can't get jobs. Can't get an education. You know, you get killed on the streets. Did -- during the campaign, did that stand out to you at all? What did you think of that and what did you think of how you saw him today?

J. BROWN: Well, I tell you something, I saw all of it. And a lot of it, I understood because of his personality. He's different. And for years the presidency has been like a smooth ride and nothing really dramatic has happened. But with him every day is full of energy. Things are going the happen. And today when I met him, it was like meeting a different person.

COOPER: You were a Hillary Clinton supporters, is that right?

J. BROWN: Yes.

COOPER: I'm wondering if -- was that, you know, there were a lot of Clinton supporters who are upset obviously about the result of the election or depressed about it. You are willing to give him a chance. You are willing -- this is the president now. This is everybody's president. You're willing to let him -- to try to work with him.

J. BROWN: Well in my opinion, people that go against the election are going against America. We have free elections. Everybody can vote, we fought for that, we brag about that and we know we're going to have a winner and we're going to have a loser.

So my point is, if we respect the winner and approach that person, have access to that person and that person will look at what we are presenting, that is not too bad. And I could have set back and said well Hillary didn't win, I'm just going to sit on my butt and complain. But see the one thing about this country, if you get off your butt and you apply yourself, you can be successful. But if you want to be delivered? You're talk about the wrong country.

COOPER: In terms of the people that President Trump is going to have around him, the cabinet. Predominantly white, predominantly male. Is that a concern to you at all or do you feel his reaching out to people who ever been involved in the government and it's, you know, your giving them a chance?

J. BROWN: You know, that's a tremendous question, you know, and I give an answer and a lot of the people black people in my community might think I'm a sell out by saying this. The three greatest people in my life as a young person were white, my high school superintendent, my high school coach and a -- I graduate in Manhasset High, Kenneth Molloy who's a mentor to yours truly.

And so I'm not a person that really deal in color. I recognize the inequities that certain cultures have to go through. I understand the history of slavery and all those things. But I'm not a victim. I can vote, I can participant. I can invest my money. I can invest my time. And that's what I'm doing. I'm not working for anybody. I'm not making any money doing what I'm doing. I'm doing it because someone did it for me.

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