MJ has been notoriously apolitical and silent on social issues. Not now. Jordan has decided to weigh in on the BLM struggle.
Jordan issued the following statement:
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.
And as reported by ESPN:
He used the letter to also announce grants of $1 million each to two organizations working to build trust between law enforcement and the communities in which they work: the Institute for Community-Police Relations, which was launched in May by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which was established in 1940 to work through the legal system to push for civil rights. It became a separate organization from the NAACP in 1957.
It is gratifying to see Jordan use his profile and platform to advocate for change. In the past, Jordan has been criticized for being the anti-Muhammad Ali. Unlike Ali who was not scared to fight for black civil rights; Jordan ushered in the era in which superstar athletes were more concerned with their brand than their communities.
As Kareem Abdul once described:
“You can’t be afraid of losing shoe sales if you’re worried about your civil and human rights. He took commerce over conscience. It’s unfortunate for him, but he’s gotta live with it.”
At the end of the day, Jordan, in addition to being horrified by the weekly images of police killing unarmed blacks — and the coward retaliatory ambush killing of random officers — realized he has young black sons who drive very expensive cars and fit the so-called profile.