It’s no news to anybody that America is in a current state of social unrest regarding policing and racism, fighting outdated social stigmas, and pushing for meaningful reform. From everyday citizens to major brands and celebrities, everyone is donating to anti-racist organizations, fighting to even the scales. And recently, NBA legend Michael Jordan announced that over the next ten years, he’ll be donating $100 million through the Jordan Brand.
Michael Jordan’s Statement
Jordan broke the news of his decision through a statement that was both simple, yet it conveyed a powerful message — the year may be 2020, and many things may have changed, but the most important ones haven’t. So, to seek social justice, greater access to education to people of color, and racial equality, Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand will be reaching out to organizations dedicated to these issues and providing financial help to their causes.
Michael Stays Away From Politics
Despite his social status, Michael Jordan has never been “political” and has, in fact, shown his reluctance to get into such matters. His famous observation that “Republicans buy sneakers, too” was quite telling of his views. Back in 2016, he even donated one million dollars to organizations on both sides of the policing debate: the International Association of Chiefs of Police (The Institute for Community-Police Relations) and the NAACP Legal Defence Fund.
However, this time, he’s dedicating a much larger sum exclusively to anti-racist organizations. That means he may finally be willing to get political over the Black Lives Matter movement — a topic he probably has a lot to say after his long career in the spotlight. How and whether this would happen, we can only speculate at this moment as there is no news in support of that. But, stranger things have happened, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.