Michael Jordan, probably the greatest basketball player in NBA history as well as the only African-American majority owner of a NBA franchise, just made a huge statement about the growing social unrest in the country.
Jordan wrote an exclusive letter to The Undefeated where he talked about his history with violence and losing his own father.
As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.
Jordan went on to talk about finding solutions “that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.”
In order to prove how serious he is about finding he solutions, he donated $2 million to two different organizations working to solve the unrest. He donated $1 million to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Institute for Community-Police Relations. The second $1 million he donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He hopes the donations will help make a “positive difference,” but he does recognize it won’t solve the problem.
Jordan concluded his letter displaying his pride and love for the United States of America:
We are privileged to live in the world’s greatest country – a country that has provided my family and me the greatest of opportunities. The problems we face didn’t happen overnight and they won’t be solved tomorrow, but if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities.
Jordan’s words couldn’t be more true! This is exactly what we need. We must come together as a country to solve our problems and find peaceful solutions.
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