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Michael Jordan Donates $2 Million To Police and NAACP: 'Can No Longer Stay Silent'

Michael Jordan donated $2 million and penned an emotional post on Monday about the recent string of shootings by and against police officers.

"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 in a post.

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

"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," he continued.

"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."

Jordan said he was making contributions of $1 million each to the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

"The problems we face didn’t happen overnight and they won't be solved tomorrow," the NBA legend concluded. "But if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities."

Fans will recall NBA stars LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade spoke out against the violence at the ESPYS earlier this month.

July 26, 2016 |

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