While many celebrities have stay quiet, Michael Jordan has just come forward to show his support for our police officers.
“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,” Jordan said in a statement shared by The Undefeated yesterday morning. “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,” he continued. “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 then went on to state that he has personally witnessed the dedication of law enforcement working to protect his family, though he acknowledged that “for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than” his.
Finally, he called for Americans to come forward and work together for real change.
“To support that efforts, 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,” he concluded. “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.”
Jordan’s message and gesture was a profound one, speaking to the true issues at hand. But Black Lives Matter protesters didn’t see it that way. They were quick to call Jordan “Uncle Tom” on Twitter, and accused him of only being concerned about his money.