Michael Jordan just supported law enforcement in a big way and BlackLivesMatter is hitting him back hard with the usual “Uncle Tom”, “Traitor” rhetoric!
Jordan is donating $2 million to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to help address police-related shootings.
He also made a strongly worded statement in support of law enforcement that addressed the issue. It was a statement that provoked the ire of many in the #BlackLivesMatter movement!
“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.
Read the rest of the Michael Jordan statement here.
Social media went crazy on Michael Jordan, with his name trending on twitter. While most was kind:
Congratulations Michael Jordan! Very powerful and bold statement! Well done! #MichaelJordan
— Rocky Jeter-Webb (@RockyJeterWebb) July 25, 2016
Many were downright hateful and many I could not include as the language was so vile:
Michael Jordan gives me post-racial OJ Simpson Vibes
If HE says Black Lives Matter somebody need to go check on that white woman he married
— Jasmine Sha-Ree Sanders (@JasMoneyRecords) July 25, 2016
Michael Jordan is a uncle ruckus that nigga never loved us.
— #BlackGirlsMatter? (@BlckGirlsMatter) July 25, 2016
What a world we live in when a great example to many like Michael Jordan does such an unselfish act, and he gets reviled for it. The vitriol amazes me!
Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’