The former professional basketball player Micheal Jordan weighed in on the riots over police shootings in Charlotte. Black Lives Matter will not be happy about what he said. They will be even more angry about how he helped police.
“First, I want to express my condolences to the Scott family for their loss. I also wish for a full recovery to those who have been injured. In light of the tragic events of the past three days, it is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation, and in constructive and non-violent ways,” started Jordan. This is obviously a critique to the overwhelming anger and violence in these riots.
This is not all he has said about riots. In an earlier speech he said, “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,” said Jordan.
But these really aren’t just words to Jordan. He put his money where his mouth is. “To support that effort, 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,” said Jordan.