Michael Jordan Breaks Silence On Recent Shootings Of Blacks & Targeting Of Police Officers.
During the opening segment of the 2016 ESPY awards LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony spoke from the heart and called for unity after the recent killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, the five Dallas Police officers that were murdered by a sniper, as well as the three Baton Rouge Police Officers that were murdered. Now the G.O.A.T. has broken his silence on these recent matters. Michael Jordan released the following statement via Undefeated.
"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 police officers who put their lives on the line everyday to protect us all are respected and supported.
"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 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 Relation's 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 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."
It is very rare to hear Michael Jordan speak out on anything, it however is very pleasing that he has chosen to speak out on a matter that is as important as this one.