Monday, July 25, 2016

Michael Jordan Speaks Out


For years Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan has been criticized for remaining neutral on social issues affecting the Black community despite earning millions of dollars from inner city youth clamoring for his expensive sneakers.

Jordan has decided he can no longer remain silent...

In an open penned for The Undefeated Michael Jordan writes,
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.
“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.”

33 comments:

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The King Of The Real said...

Bout damn time and maybe get your own org MJ and make some real dollars at some real change. First bitch

Anonymous said...

that is called putting your money where your mouth is...

Anonymous said...

@1:25 Amen

Anonymous said...

Good. I was fully expecting to see an "all lives matter" tweet.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Nike PR team

Anonymous said...

Please, his money being effected. Black folks are slowly and surely waking up to his ass. On top of that Charlotte won't be hosting the All Star game next year. This is business, nothing more, nothing less.

go to hell, MJ said...

How in tf is donating $1mil to white orgs going to solve the problem of cope genociding blks? The mission statement of the ICPR is broad – with whom do they seek to build trust and who defines what the “best practices in community policing” is? B/c from where I stand, the ppl police want to build trust with is whites. After all, police brutality against blks has proven to increase trust btw whites and cops; and these skindheads in uniform think murdering unarmed blks is good policing, so can we really trust their ideas on “best policing practices”?

Also, the fact that this coon 1) said more in defense of the police and 2) has interest in helping “people of color” instead of blk ppl, tells me all that I need to know! Colored ppl (“people of color") are NOT experiencing the same rate of brutality and oppression that blacks are. Even the UN panel on race relations can see this and substantiated it with a report that concluded black life experiences are unlike anyone else’s. So, can we pls stop this intersectionality, ‘we all bleed red and therefore all ppl of color are the same’ nonsense? I am disgusted that it took cops gettin shot at for this sambo to finally make a statement. His mouth was shut while THOUSANDS of blks were murdered by cops. Oh that’s right, he was too busy enjoying this great Amerikkkas country to give a damn.

Anonymous said...

3:09 better tell it! This is a business move. That aside, people of color need to be just as business minded and keep their money in their pockets or buy precious metals. No more expensive sneakers!

Anonymous said...

Good move, MJ.

Anonymous said...

LOL! He's making a donation to the slave catchers!

Sharon Wallace said...

why donate to them???

Anonymous said...

LMAO@3:56! He refuses to stand up. His response is safe as hell. He knows who butters his bread and its not us, its always been them. No good house negro is willing to go up against his massa.

Anonymous said...

Ace Boon Coon. How about setting up institutions from trades to professional levels catering to people who look like you. He can get the ball rolling. Then get other wealthy black or whoever to pool money together. As it progress set up a black tax to help keep everything flowing.

That's my dream, not his I guess.

How much money does a black man need?

Laa soul said...

I would have rather MJ remained silent on issues such as this, like he’s done ALL these years. In fact, I think people should feel insulted to believe that we believe his statement came from a genuine place. If you read his statement closely, it’s as if he’s cow towing to law enforcement, while trying to sound like he’s so disturbed by the recent killings of unarmed black men by police and telling people that he can relate based on his own father’s murder. MJ’s father although tragic, was not killed by police. If you also notice he was sure to describe himself everything under the sun but used the word Black last. Google the term “self-hating kneegrow”

Like someone said earlier, this is just a p.r. move because he got called out on it. He knows who his main customer base is, yet he still didn’t care about issues impacting inner city communities. MJ is only interested in inner city kids paying $200-$300 dollars for his sneakers while it probably costs $5.00 to make in another country. Not to mention he don’t even where his own sneakers. Google it “MJ on his yacht not wearing his sneakers.

Allihave2say said...

did anyone else catch line one? As an American I am deeply saddened by…African Americans. He defined himself as American separating himself from African Americans.

Scrolls back up to finish reading .

Anonymous said...

He's been siding with the oppressors all along.

Allihave2say said...

Catch#@ Did y'all catch this: "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- law enforcement killed African Americans but hateful cowards targeted and killed police officers? How come th cops didn't get adjectives like hateful, brutal, racist etc in their description?

Sometimes it's what you don't say. IJS.

Anonymous said...

This is only because people want to boycott his sneakers. I just lost respect for good.

Laa soul said...


Part 2

Think about it? Many celebrities/companies do things for their fans/customers as a way of giving back because they know who ensures their bank accounts stay in the black.

Anyone on here please correct me if I’m wrong, but when was the last time MJ promoted or gave his time or money towards a social cause? I’ll wait.

And the crazy thing about it is that the money doesn’t have to come out of HIS OWN pocket. A few thousand dollars donated to a social cause or community projecs from a billion dollar company where MJ is basically the face of their sneaker line would have shown that he is at the very least showing awareness about what is going with low income minority community.

But hey, even Charles Barkley called MJ out long time ago saying how cheap he is. I would love it if we could come together as a people and boycott his merchandise.

Although it will not effect his bottom line by no means at least someone as arrogant as MJ showing the world how many people lost respect for him would have an impact on the image/legacy he wants to protect and not have tarnished. It would do wonders to that large ego of his.

Anonymous said...

If them shoes still cost the same, then blah,blah,blah,blah..............

Anonymous said...

Oh, because more kids died because of them shoes, than Police Officers. Fuck you and Nike Mike

Anonymous said...

Michael Jordan, the Beyonce of Sports Entertainment. LMAO!

Anonymous said...

No athlete or entertainer can solve the problem of social ills. Civil Rights leaders (the real ones) need to train successful black people to go into the communities and teach self respect, goals and importance of education. This is power .... Martin Luther King is weeping somewhere, as he witnesses his hard work being diminished by his own people. Look @ other races - come overs supported their own people as they came to America thus the noun "clan".

Ron said...

I never messed with this dude and I can't for the life of me understand why ONLY black people stand in line to buy his sneakers. I saw it with my own eyes. The police were called to keep the people in line. It's just embarrassing.

Ron said...

I forgot one thing. Some of us condition our children to be captivated by these shoes by buying them from infancy. It needs to stop.

Anonymous said...

Start Boycotting his business and stop buying them lame ass Jordans. Take that damn $180+ dollars and put it towards something meaning. Got a dumb ass cousin who spend $17000 on Jordan's and Nike's and all burned up in a fire SMH all that money wasted on bullshit

Anonymous said...

This coon also released some new Jordan's today. Not even 24hrs after "speaking out". Our ancestors should haunt this sambo.

Anonymous said...

How many funerals did he help pay for?

Anonymous said...

I bet he smiles nice and wide plus bug his eyes out in front of his masters. They like that, especially with his dark complexion!

Anonymous said...

So the sale of those ugly ass gym shoes must have hit a bit of a snag??? The numbers must have dropped in order for this clone to start acting like it cares about the African American community yeah right i know like u know and everyone else should know u don't give a dam about none of what your saying designed person you guys are stupid to buy this planned and orchestrated little speech i don't care if u make those shoes out of gold I'm still not buying them because Nike make millions and still the price of them shits are $200 and over are you kidding? LMAO you dumb asses keep buying them and fighting over them not me tho wake up people

DGRRL said...

Lord! The imagery lmao!! @8:16 AM I bet he smiles nice and wide plus bug his eyes out in front of his masters. They like that, especially with his dark complexion!
8:16 AM

Anonymous said...

He's more coon than the black police chiefs in America!

He was the only contestant in a watermelon eating contest at a board meeting, to show his trust!

It was whites who told him to mimic baboons while leaping through the air, like they do on tree limbs!

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