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Michael Jordan Breaks Silence on Recent Violence in America

Michael Jordan Breaks Silence on Recent Violence in America

Michael Jordan is speaking out for the first time about the recent violence in America.

The 53-year-old former basketball player announced that he is donating $2 million – half to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the other half to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

“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,” he said in the statement given to TheUndefeated.com.

“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,” the statement continued. “Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change.”

Read the full statement now on TheUndefeated.com.

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  • VanityInsecurity

    He was pressured to make a statement. Outraged by many black folks who seem to think every black celeb needs to do something.. at least he put some money into the community to try & make a difference unlike the other winey celebs who just tweet & cause ruckus.

  • VanityInsecurity

    He was pressured to make a statement. Outraged by many black folks who seem to think every black celeb needs to do something.. at least he put some money into the community to try & make a difference unlike the other winey celebs who just tweet & cause ruckus.

  • Toni gee

    This was groovy! Much better than the hateful violence inducing venom being spewed by some of the rap community.

  • MVM

    All trash.

  • TivoliEclipse

    STFU coward! What exactly has the NAACP done for black folks lately? NAACP has been resting on their laurels for 50 years — you should have given that donation to BLM. It’s the 21 Century dude. Go back to sleep.

  • John Dow

    He donated to NAACP? What a waste of money.

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  • gwen

    Says the person who spews hateful violence.

    Toni Gee who is now posting as TruthSayer and Juicy Lucy has made 368(Aug 25 account) + 79(the account he changed from Magdelene Cloea to Gwen on Aug 31) posts in my name

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