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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar On Islam: 'Islamophobia Is On The Rise' (VIDEO)


First Posted: 01/19/11 03:23 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spoke over the phone with Katia Couric on Wednesday and told her that he believes Islamophobia is on the rise.

"I think Islamophobia is on the rise," the former Los Angeles Laker said. "I think the best way to counter it is just communication, to let people who we are and what we believe in. It's no mystery and it's certainly nothing that we have to be fearful of."

He went on to say that when we're dealing with radical people who "want to have a war with us, that gets thrown into the mix. A whole lot of confusion ensues."

He said the best way in countering that is through education.

Scroll down to watch the video (The portion about Islamophobia starts at the 3:22 mark)

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