MICHAEL JORDAN: “I CAN NO LONGER STAY SILENT”
Michael Jordan is arguably the best basketball player of all time. However, since his retirement, the former Bulls guard has not used his podium to take stands on social issues. That changed on Monday. In a one page letter to ESPN’s The Undefeated, Jordan said that he would be donating $2 million, half of which would go to the newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the other half of which would go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Furthermore, Jordan delved into his past, bringing up details to help talk about the senseless violence that seems to be gripping our country. He discussed the shooting of his father by robbers in 1993, saying that he has sympathy for both sides of the Black Lives Matter movement, because “I know their pain all too well”. Rather than falling down on either side of the issue, Jordan instead pushed for compromise, saying that it is evident African Americans are treated unfairly and police officers are unnecessarily discriminated against, and so it is crucial to find a solution that ensures respect for officers and fairness for the black community.