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Michael Jordan Is Still The Real MVP



  • Michael Jordan, the famous athlete, has come forward and announced his $2 million donation to Blue Lives Matter charities.
  • Jordan is usually a man of silence, but he came forward in a statement to The Undefeated about the recent string of cop killings.
  • He claims that all lives matter, not just the lives of African Americans but also the lives of the United States police force.

Athletes, celebrities, and social figures have always been the ones to step forward during a crisis. When Katrina hit, Sean Penn went to New Orleans and helped families rebuild their homes. When the giant oil spill happened a few years back, Kevin Costner funded a research project to make a machine that would clean the oil out of the water. In every major event or tragedy, the social elites have stepped forward to help.

Now, it is Michael Jordan's turn. He has been criticized in the past for his silence in the face of political or social events. Yet, now he has come forward. He is giving $2 million in donations to help further the cause of Blue Lives Matter. He is disheartened by the constant rash of police killings and refuses to sit in silence any longer.

In a statement, that was released by The Undefeated, Michael Jordan had some uplifting words to say.

“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.

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“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.”


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