“You will stand in line for my shoes but won’t stand up for yourself”
Said Former NBA Star Michael J Jordan after he finally broke his silence about the recent killings of black men. 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 am sad to say this but my shoes are part of the problem”
“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 wrote.
“We’re surprised and shocked, but obviously thrilled,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, the president and director of the Legal Defense Fund. “We’ve been working on these issues for some many years, and it’s great to hear that Michael Jordan and his people are aware of our work and are willing to make a contribution.”
Today’s statement is something of a public milestone for Jordan. He has been criticized over the years for his low profile in political and social advocacy. Glad he has stepped up to make a change in whats going on in our crazy world.