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Michael Jordan pledges $100 million to fight for racial equality

June 06, 2020 11:48 IST
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Basketball legend Michael Jordan and the Jordan brand on Friday pledged US$100 million over the next 10 years to organisations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.

The announcement came following the 'Black Lives Matter' protests, which are taking place throughout the US after a police officer, identified as Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck, leading to the latter's death in Minneapolis.

Protesters have taken to the streets in US cities over systemic racism and police brutality.

Earlier on Monday, Michael Jordan had made a statement on the killing of black people and George Floyd at the hands of police. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

"‘Black lives matter’. This isn't a controversial statement. Until the ingrained racism that allows our country's institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people," read a statement from six-time NBA champion Jordan and Jordan Brand.

"Today, we are announcing that Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand will be donating $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice, and greater access to education," it added.

 

Earlier on Monday, Jordan had made a statement on the killing of black people and George Floyd at the hands of the police.

"I am deeply saddened, truly pained, and plain angry. I see and feel everyone's pain, outrage, and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough," said Jordan.

The officer Chauvin has reportedly been fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers have also been fired from the force after a video of Floyd's death emerged.

Jordan, a six-time NBA champion who led the Chicago Bulls' dynasty in the 1990s, is a Basketball Hall of Famer who owns the Charlotte Hornets.

 

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