Michael Jordan Speaks out on the Shootings of Black Americans and Police Officers

He also pledged $1 million USD to two charities.

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Charlotte Hornets owner and basketball legend Michael Jordan has decided to speak out about the recent wave of violence in America, most notably the targeting of black Americans at the hands of police and the widespread anti-police sentiment that has emerged as a reaction to the violence. In a one-page open letter to The Undefeated, Jordan said:

“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.

I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find 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.”

Elsewhere in the letter, Jordan took the opportunity to announce that he would be making $1 million USD donations to two charity funds, one in support of community-police relations and the other being the NAACP Legal Defense fund, saying the following:

“To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The Institute for Community-Police Relations’ policy and oversight work is focused on building trust and promoting best practices in community policing. My donation to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s oldest civil rights law organization, will support its ongoing work in support of reforms that will build trust and respect between communities and law enforcement. Although I know these contributions alone are not enough to solve the problem, I hope the resources will help both organizations make a positive difference.

You can read the letter in full here.

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