Michael Jordan Donates $2 Million to Combat Police Violence

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Michael Jordan has long been criticized for staying mum on social justice issues, but the basketball megastar is finally using his celebrity – and deep pockets – to address one of the country's biggest and current ills: police brutality.
 
"I can no longer stay silent," Jordan says in a one-page letter on The Undefeated, a new ESPN news site exploring the intersection of sports, race and culture.

In the letter, published on Monday, the NBA legend announces that he will be donating $2 million to help end police killings. Jordan will be giving $1 million to the International Association of Chiefs of Police's newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and another $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

For him, the issue of violence is personal. His father, James Jordan, was fatally shot by two robbers in 1993.

"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 wrote. "I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

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The Charlotte Hornets owner continued: "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."

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