Basketball living-legend Michael Jordan said the racial injustice in the United States has reached a “tipping point.”
“We have been beaten down [as African Americans] for so many years,” said Jordan in his interview with the Charlotte Observer.
“It sucks your soul. You can’t accept it anymore. This is a tipping point. We need to make a stand. We’ve got to be better as a society regarding race,” said Jordan, a 14-time NBA all-star.
“Face up to your demons. Extend a hand. Understand the inequalities. Sure, it’s about bargaining for better police, but it’s more. We have encountered racism to be somewhat acceptable in certain circles,” added Jordan who is also the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
Last week, the former Chicago Bulls star pledged — alongside Nike’s Jordan Brand — to donate $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations dedicated to promoting social justice, said CNN.
This is following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month, who was killed after being pinned to the ground by a police officer who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
This event has sparked protests across the US and around the world to highlight racial inequality.
Another sports icon, Colin Kaepernick pledged to help protesters by providing them with legal aid.
Kaepernick is the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling to protest police brutality in 2016.
Kaepernick has been unassigned to a team since 2017.