eaking his typical silence about anything not related to basketball, Michael Jordan has made two major donations focused on the widening divide between the black community and police. Michael Jordan, the biggest superstar in NBA history, frequently has been criticized for not lending his clout to social issues.
That may change now that he's pledged to give $2 million to organizations on both sides of a contentious and often dangerous racial debate. In a letter posted to the website The Undefeated, Jordan writes, quote, 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.
$1 million will go to NAACP legal defense fund, one the nation's oldest civil rights law organizations. The other million going to the Institute for Community-Police Relations, which he hopes will support law enforcement reforms.