by G. Brown
When it comes to Michael Jordan, there are some indisputable facts about the man. Few would argue that he was one of the greatest players to ever hit the courts of the NBA. And the second fact would be that when it comes to supporting the Black community that supported him, Jordan tends to be MIA (missing in action). Until now…Monday, Jordan signed off in a post under the heading of “I Can No Longer Stay Silent” and wrote what’s been on his mind.
Jordan said, “I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well…”, referring to the death of his father back in 1993 in a robbery attempt. Jordan went on to say, “…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 went on urge people to work together to come up with a solution saying, “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.”
Jordan is putting his money where his mouth by donating 1 million each to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Institute for Community-Police Relations. Even in retirement, thanks to wise investments and endorsement deals with Nike, Hanes and Gatorade,Jordan is still earning money and his estimated worth is over one billion dollars. But money has always earned Jordan respect and criticism from fellow NBA greats like Kareem Abdul Jabbar who accused Jordan of putting “commerce over conscience” when Jordan refused to back a Black political candidate reportedly because he could lose shoe sales.
Even now that he claims he can no longer remain silent, some fans are wondering why speak up at all after all this time and others think he’s not doing enough:
Some celebs have only decided to use their fame to show up at rallies and protests, others have joined campaigns and lent their names to causes like #BankBlack without getting off a dime. So is Jordan wrong for putting up cash to try and solve the problem? Or is that the least he can do without really getting involved? What do you think?