Michael Jordan On Police Shootings: ‘I Can No Longer Stay Silent’

Isabella Ohlmeyer
Michael Jordan donated money to two social justice organizations in order to help build a better relationship between police officers and the community.

Michael Jordan is back in the spotlight after granting a substantial amount of money to improve relations between the police and the African-American community.

The recent shootings of African-Americans and police officers have taken a toll on the former NBA player as he decided to break his silence and give back, according to The 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,” Jordan wrote in a letter. “I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.”

Jordan gave $1 million each to the International Association of Chiefs of Police newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, NESN reported.

“I know this country is better than that and I can no longer stay silent,” Jordan said. “I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialog and education, achieve constructive change.”

Earlier this month, Alton Sterling was shot and killed outside of a Baton Rouge, Louisiana convenience store by two white police officers.

Just last week, Gavin Long, an African-American man, killed three police officers in a shootout, which was also in Baton Rouge.

It’s admirable that Michael Jordan was so emotionally affected by the recent shootings that he decided to give his own money to organizations in an effort to establish peace between officers and African-American men. 

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