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bluedigger

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Mon Jul 25, 2016, 11:47 AM Jul 2016

MICHAEL JORDAN: ‘I CAN NO LONGER STAY SILENT’ [View all]

Last edited Mon Jul 25, 2016, 12:40 PM - Edit history (1)

Source: ESPN

His statement on the shootings of African-Americans and the targeting of police officers

“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.

Jordan speaks out on shootings of African-Americans, police

“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.

“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.

“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.”

Read more: http://theundefeated.com/features/michael-jordan-i-can-no-longer-stay-silent/



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As a lifelong Celtic fan, I repectfully salute Michael Jordan RapSoDee Jul 2016 #1
Larry Bird was that dude! NWCorona Jul 2016 #39
Jordan....so little so late. Hulk Jul 2016 #62
Thank you Mr. Jordan for speaking up The Second Stone Jul 2016 #2
A classy guy all the way around. roamer65 Jul 2016 #3
He wasn't that classy in the NBA lockout a couple of years ago. Initech Jul 2016 #10
I heard a rumor that there are no virgins. Is it true? Eleanors38 Jul 2016 #47
Huh? Initech Jul 2016 #49
You know, no virgins for the suicide dudes greiner3 Jul 2016 #61
Finally said something after all of these years.. coco77 Jul 2016 #4
there's been a lot of "stop buying Jordans" talk on social media recently n/t JustinL Jul 2016 #8
my sons use to beg me to buy them.. coco77 Jul 2016 #13
He's made his hundreds of millions so he can afford to speak up now. IamTheNoodle Jul 2016 #12
Exactly! coco77 Jul 2016 #14
This is a problem? (eom) jakefrep Jul 2016 #60
when you stay silent for a long period of time Skittles Jul 2016 #63
So no one in your world gets to change their attitude or direction? Loki Jul 2016 #18
Who in the hell are you the thought police? coco77 Jul 2016 #42
You just proved my point. Loki Jul 2016 #45
Just Awful ProfessorGAC Jul 2016 #22
For accurately accessing what was said? He released this statement because peeople were Chakab Jul 2016 #35
Are you a basketball fan who loves Jordan? coco77 Jul 2016 #43
I agree but his voice does carry a lot of weight rurallib Jul 2016 #41
I'm glad he has spoken out on the issue PatSeg Jul 2016 #5
Seriously? This is supposed to erase 30+ years of silence? Blue_Tires Jul 2016 #6
To speak out as he did now is a good thing. I'm glad he spoke. nt 63splitwindow Jul 2016 #17
Judgie judgertons gotta judge... LakeArenal Jul 2016 #38
Sorry, my wounds still run deep from Harvey Gantt Blue_Tires Jul 2016 #64
Message auto-removed Name removed Jul 2016 #7
so how about NC's idiotic bathroom rules? RussBLib Jul 2016 #9
...one war at a time... mark67 Jul 2016 #33
And overlooked slavery until it became a way to hurt the South. Pragmatic more jtuck004 Jul 2016 #46
...you may suffer from an excess of virtue... mark67 Jul 2016 #50
Truer words were never spoken by any bank$ter. I see your myth, and raise you a cartoon. bb jtuck004 Jul 2016 #52
...???... mark67 Jul 2016 #56
Good for him to do this. Initech Jul 2016 #11
This is good. Many who can will now give to the NAACP. Spitfire of ATJ Jul 2016 #15
I remember when this mfker. coco77 Jul 2016 #16
respect Karen_J Jul 2016 #19
K & R mountain grammy Jul 2016 #20
Michael Jordan is worth over a $1 billion, $2 million ain't shit...AND asuhornets Jul 2016 #21
Bitterness and Inflexibility Are Not Admirable Traits (eom) ProfessorGAC Jul 2016 #23
So. I call it as I see it. asuhornets Jul 2016 #24
So Do I ProfessorGAC Jul 2016 #25
How is he responsible for kids killing each other over his $200 sneakers? Sand Rat Expat Jul 2016 #53
He could have spoken out about it. To this day he never has. nt asuhornets Jul 2016 #65
Why should he? What's the point of him stating the obvious? He's not responsible for it. Sand Rat Expat Jul 2016 #67
"He can no longer stay silent" He's been silent for over 20 years.n/t asuhornets Jul 2016 #26
Would you prefer he continue silence? Those are the only two choices. nt 63splitwindow Jul 2016 #27
Why not continue the silence? In over 20 years, he has never spoken out against asuhornets Jul 2016 #28
You aren't supposed to be happy. Who said that? 63splitwindow Jul 2016 #29
But it is long overdue...and self-serving..nt asuhornets Jul 2016 #30
"Self-serving" in what way? n/t jamese777 Jul 2016 #32
I'm sure he knows he's been criticized for years by the black community for asuhornets Jul 2016 #36
Micharl Jordan Philanthropic Giving jamese777 Jul 2016 #44
This is how it breaks down. Sand Rat Expat Jul 2016 #55
Thank you Debbie Downer... mark67 Jul 2016 #34
you are welcome...nt asuhornets Jul 2016 #37
$2 million ain't shit to him, sure. Sand Rat Expat Jul 2016 #51
Exactly! ariesgem Jul 2016 #57
I would like Jordan's stance on the NBA taking the All-Star game away from North Carolina 4lbs Jul 2016 #31
I'm glad he said this but I'm gonna leave this right here NWCorona Jul 2016 #40
This thread is an argument for shutting up and doing nothing. nt Eleanors38 Jul 2016 #48
Yeah, pretty much. jakefrep Jul 2016 #59
It's the "I Am Determined to be Offended" mantra. Loki Jul 2016 #66
Like Kareem, he can have a strong effect on all who hear what he says. freshwest Jul 2016 #54
Michael Jordan profits off of for-profit Prisons which is a part of the problem Heather MC Jul 2016 #58
And then there's this... StraightRazor Jul 2016 #68
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