Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Basketball Legend Seeks to Bridge Racial Divide

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Michael Jordan Gives $2 Million to Police and Civil-Rights Groups

Speaking out for the first time on the killings of unarmed black men by police and retaliatory targeting of officers, basketball great Michael Jordan made a pair of $1 million donations to groups working to bridge the racial divide, the Charlotte Observer reports.

The six-time NBA champion, now majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets, announced the gifts to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Institute for Community-Police Relations, a project of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in a letter published Monday on the ESPN-affiliated sports-news site The Undefeated.

Mr. Jordan, who famously eschewed public comment on social and political issues during his storied playing career, wrote that he is “saddened and frustrated” by the violence and racial rhetoric and “can no longer stay silent.”

“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 said.

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