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Jim Brown on Trump’s Majority-White Cabinet: ‘The Three Greatest People In My Life Were White’

After meeting with President-elect Donald Trump about economic issues in Black neighborhoods, NFL great Jim Brown stopped by CNN to discuss Trump’s Cabinet picks.

During the Dec. 13 telecast, Brown was asked about the lack of diversity on Trump’s cabinet, and whether it bothers him that the president-elect’s picks were mainly white males.

In a roundabout way, Brown implied that Trump’s picks are nothing compared to the dangers of segregation and racism he faced growing up.

“I have lived all my life in America and I’m 80 years old,” Brown says. “I have seen discrimination at its worst. [And] I understand slavery, I study history.”

The Hall of Fame Cleveland Browns running back and Hillary Clinton supporter finally answered the question, telling Brooke Baldwin that he tries to look for the good in people despite a person’s race.

“So, I don’t always look at Black and white,” Brown says. “The three greatest people in my life were white, okay? My high school coach, my high school superintendent and my mentor. I never had a father really.

“I was in this country where I got help from people that were not my same color.”

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