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June 03, 2020

How Michael Jordan Reacted to George Floyd's Death in a Powerful Statement

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Michael Jordan shares his thoughts about George Floyd's death and all the circumstances surrounding it in a lengthy statement posted by his Jordan brand. 

Nationwide protests and demonstrations have been going on following George Floyd's tragic death, and celebrities have spoken out about it in hopes of ending police brutality in America once and for all. The latest to do so is NBA great Michael Jordan, who couldn't help but release a statement about it.

"I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough."

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THE IMPORTANCE OF UNITY

Sharing how saddened, pained, and angry he is at what happened, he went on to encourage people to keep using their voices to show strength and unity. According to the former Chicago Bulls stars, it is important for people to listen, show compassion and empathy so as to end brutality once and for all. 

"Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systematic change."

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FANS QUESTIONED HIS TIMING

Although Jordan chose to speak up about such a pressing issue, there were some fans who were not pleased with his decision to do so just now. In "The Last Dance," it was shown how he opted not to publicly endorse a Black candidate for senate despite his popularity. 

While Jordan revealed that he had actually supported the candidate by providing campaign funds, it was not enough for him to win the Senate seat and he ultimately lost. Now that he's decided to become more vocal about issues, people questioned why it took so long for him to do so. 

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OUTRAGE AROUND THE US

Many people took to the streets to express their anger over the death of George Floyd, causing an uprising in many US cities. While some celebrities marched with everybody else, there were also some who decided to use their voices to cry for justice. 

One of those to express their outrage over the situation is LA Lakers star LeBron James, who chose to show a picture of NFL player Colin Kaepernick's infamous kneel and likened it to what had happened. He asked: "Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??"

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CALLING FOR REFORM

When Kaepernick still played for the San Francisco 49ers, he knelt down during the national anthem to contest racial injustice and police brutality in America. Ultimately, his contract was not renewed and he remains a free agent to this day. 

Colin Kaepernick kneels at a San Francisco 49ers game | Source: Getty Images

With many celebrities and public figures speaking out about stopping racial injustice and police brutality, they hope to put an end to centuries-long struggles that the Black community has had to face. 

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