Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Michael Jordan Broke Silence On "Black Lives Matters' Campaign

Michael Jordan was criticized for long regarding his silence and neutral notion on issues concerning the Blacks in the United States.
The Basketball star who have been off the radar for over twelve years now decide its time to address the social issue.
Here is what he wrote;

"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".

He further stated “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".

He said in order to support the effort, he will be making contributions of $2 million to two organizations.
$1million for the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and $1million for 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". He further reinstated

He said the problem didn't start overnight and wont be solved in a blink of an eye. He emphasised that it requires effort from both the civilian and the force. He ended by making it known that it is a privilege to be in the country that is leading the world and working together will only help maintain the height.

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