Jabari Parker: Trump’s Win Normalized ‘Openly & Violently Racist’ Acts, He Endorses Hate
Earlier this week, the Milwaukee Bucks were one of the three NBA teams that have stated they won’t be staying at any Donald Trump branded hotels anymore after he was elected President.
Along with the likes of Steve Kerr, Stan Van Gundy, Gregg Popovich, and many others, Milwaukee Bucks star Jabari Parker wanted it to be known that he is very disappointed in the results of the election.
During a sit-down interview with Sporting News, Parker let loose about how scary he felt Trump’s win could be for others:
SN: How do you feel after the election?
Parker: I’m worried about my safety and that of a lot of people. There are a lot of threats on athletes and regular citizens. We’ve already seen an increase in hate crimes and it’s barely been a week. His election made people feel like it’s cool to be openly and violently racist. I’ve gotten threats and so have others I know. I have to be more aware of my surroundings. I really feel bad for people who don’t have as many ways to protect themselves as I do.
SN: Considering the threats, are you concerned with how people will react to your team avoiding Trump hotels?
Parker: I don’t care what haters think — I’m proud to not stay in Trump hotels. I don’t support someone who endorses hate on other people. He ran his campaign on hate. He’s attacked everything that I am and believe. I was named by a Muslim man. My mother didn’t get her citizenship until much later in life. She is basically an immigrant because she came from Tonga. She was paid less because she was a woman.
I’m black, and he’s said some controversial stuff about black people. When it comes to me not supporting Donald Trump, it’s correlated to the things he has said. I have a gay uncle. All the things he said in his campaign are things I can’t associate myself with.
SN: How did you feel watching the election unfold?
Parker: I was shook watching outcome. I kept waiting for it to be a bad dream or a joke. I was with one of my friends and we couldn’t believe it. I felt like I was watching a scary movie. I’m amazed at how many people voted for a man who did and said all those evil things.
SN: Were you disappointed to hear that Colin Kaepernick and others did not vote?
Parker: I have two approaches. In one way I feel if you sat on the sidelines you didn’t help the cause. But I can also understand how you can feel that your vote wouldn’t count depending on where you live. Trump won in places where my people don’t live. That being said Kaepernick has been doing work way before he spoke out. Anybody using the fact he or other people didn’t vote to discredit him were just looking for a reason.
SN: What would it take for you to believe give Donald Trump a chance as has been suggested by many in the media?
Parker: He’s already appointed some questionable people. He’s never apologized for anything he’s said throughout his campaign. It’s going to take a lot for me to give him a chance. All I can do is keep finding ways to support my people. It would be nearly impossible for me to trust him at this point. If he goes back on what he said he’s a liar. If he doesn’t acquiesce then he’s who we thought he was. Either way, it’s on me and others with a platform to keep fighting oppression.
SN: Are there any positives from the election?
Parker: Yes, it will make us respect the Obama family even more. He handled everything so well. He was a great leader. Michelle is the epitome of class and grace. Barack was so calm and cool. He was great at leading our country. His daughters were great. Obama is special and we’re going to realize even more so now.