Michael Jordan says ‘this is a tipping point’ for racism in society

Last week, the former Chicago Bulls star pledged – alongside Jordan Brand of Nike – to donate $ 100 million over the next 10 years to organizations dedicated to promoting social justice.

After the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month, protests spread to the United States and around the world to highlight racial inequalities. Floyd was killed after being pinned to the ground by a policeman who knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.

“We were beaten [as African Americans] for so many years, “said Jordan, 14 NBA star and principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets, in an interview with the Charlotte Observer.
Michael Jordan addresses a press conference before a match between Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets.

“It fears your soul. You can no longer accept it. It is a tipping point. We have to take a stand. We have to be better as a society when it comes to race.

“Face your demons. Reach out. Understand the inequalities. Sure, it’s about negotiating for a better police, but it’s more. We have found racism to be somewhat acceptable in some circles.”

Meanwhile, President Trump tweeted a response to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday who said last week that the league was “wrong not to have listened to the NFL players earlier” and that it “would encourage everyone to speak and protest peacefully”.
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In 2018, the NFL announced that all players on the field should “stand up and show respect for the flag and the anthem” before games.

“Would it even be possible from a distance that, in Roger Goodell’s rather interesting declaration of peace and reconciliation, he suggests that it would now be acceptable for players to kneel, or not to defend, the national anthem, thus despising our country and our Flag? ” Trump said on Twitter.

A glaring omission in Goodell’s statement was not mentioned by Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started kneeling to protest police brutality in 2016. Kaepernick did not been assigned to a team since 2017.

American football plans to repeal its policy that requires national team players to stand during the anthem, according to a report in ESPN.

The report says discussions on the new policy are taking place on Tuesday before a formal vote scheduled for Friday.

Midfielder Megan Rapinoe sparked the policy change when she knelt in solidarity with Kaepernick in 2016.

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