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Tony_Starks
07-25-2016, 02:44 PM
Not sure what to say. Jordan has famously been very vanilla (pun intended) in regards any matters related to the black community. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt and say I guess he was just finally moved to speak out...
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July 25, 2016

“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.

Jordan speaks out on shootings of African-Americans, police

“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.”

http://theundefeated.com/features/michael-jordan-i-can-no-longer-stay-silent/

Hawkeye15
07-25-2016, 03:09 PM
as he stated, he lost his father to senseless violence (though there is the idea his gambling may have been a reason). But this is a nice gesture. People with a voice really need to get involved in this issue. The US has systematically oppressed and criminalized the black community since we were founded. Slavery, then Jim Crowe law, then Segregation, and even then, laws were put into place to restrict benefits for most of the industry blacks worked in, stripped them of rights for owning homes, and claiming benefits for kids, and then having our government essentially collude with law enforcement and criminalize drugs in the black communities to keep them rolling in and out of the prison systems.

All of it needs to stop. Now. Blacks have been targeted forever. We can't continue to allow it to happen in a country where we have so many people fighting for individual liberties. Well, why aren't we fighting for those same liberties for everyone?

This was always coming. It was only a matter of time. Social media has allowed people to see what really happens out there.

kdspurman
07-27-2016, 02:36 PM
as he stated, he lost his father to senseless violence (though there is the idea his gambling may have been a reason). But this is a nice gesture. People with a voice really need to get involved in this issue. The US has systematically oppressed and criminalized the black community since we were founded. Slavery, then Jim Crowe law, then Segregation, and even then, laws were put into place to restrict benefits for most of the industry blacks worked in, stripped them of rights for owning homes, and claiming benefits for kids, and then having our government essentially collude with law enforcement and criminalize drugs in the black communities to keep them rolling in and out of the prison systems.

All of it needs to stop. Now. Blacks have been targeted forever. We can't continue to allow it to happen in a country where we have so many people fighting for individual liberties. Well, why aren't we fighting for those same liberties for everyone?

This was always coming. It was only a matter of time. Social media has allowed people to see what really happens out there.

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