Michael Jordan’s announcement came at a time when US and African demonstrations were sweeping after the death of an African American, George Floyd, by a police officer in the city of Minneapolis, with the help of 3 other officers.
Over the next ten years, Michael Gordon and his brand, in a statement via Twitter, said that they would provide $ 100 million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice and increasing access to education.
The statement emphasized that “the lives of blacks are important,” adding: “This is not a controversial statement (but) until the racism rooted that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eliminated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of blacks.”
The 57-year-old, a Chicago-born, owner of the brand with his name, is affiliated with the shoe giant Nike, which earlier Friday allocated $ 40 million over the next four years to support the black community.
In a statement commenting on the death of George Floyd, on Monday, Gordon said: “I am very sad, really angry and angry … I see and feel everyone’s pain, anger and frustration. I stand with those who denounce the inherent racism and violence towards people of color in our country. We have enough.” .
Police officer Derek Chauvin faces charges of third-degree and second-degree murder, after he caused the killing of George Floyd, who was handcuffed, when Chauvin pressed his knee to his neck for more than 8 minutes, while the victim pleaded that he could not breathe.