Plenty of celebrities have been awfully quiet about the mass racial discrimination happening over the last three weeks, and one of them is finally speaking out. One of the NBA’s greatest Michael Jordan penned a letter – released through The Undefeated – saying that he can “no longer stay silent” on the issues that have been plaguing the country for a minute.
“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’s letter read. “I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.”
Jordan even put his money where his mouth is by donating $1 million each to both the Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. “We’re surprised and shocked, but obviously thrilled,” Sherrilyn Ifill, the president and director of the Legal Defense Fund, mentioned in comments to The Undefeated. “We’ve been working on these issues for some many years, and it’s great to hear that Michael Jordan and his people are aware of our work and are willing to make a contribution.”
Even if this is better late than never, Jordan’s been keeping busy for a while. He was a vocal opponent of former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling when his racist tendencies came to light and even helped take the Charlotte Hornets out of North Carolina when the infamous bathroom bill dropped earlier this year: “Hornets are opposed to discrimination in any form, and we have always sought to provide an inclusive environment.”
Either way, good on Michael Jordan for finally taking some action.