Yet another athlete has decided to come forward and enlighten the world with their extensive knowledge of public policy and social issues. Former NBA player Michael Jordan says he “can no longer stay silent” about the shooting of blacks at the hands of police and the killing of cops that happened recently in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
“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,” Jordan said in his statement. “I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well”
Jordan isn’t the first sports figure to come forward after Dallas and Baton Rouge. The WNBA had players wear shirts to support the Black Lives Matter. But at what point do we start to question why athletes should involve themselves in matters like this? Does Michael Jordan think that he will be able to make a difference when everything else has been tried?
It’s an admirable feat and far be it from anyone to try and question Michael Jordan. Especially, with how his history has gone and losing his father to a senseless act of violence.
“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,” Jordan said in his statement. “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.
Well, if anything it’s another batch of noodles being thrown at the wall to see what sticks.
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