Killer Mike Challenges Michael Jordan: Send Air Jordan Profits to Black-Owned Bank

Killer Mike Challenges Michael Jordan: Send Air Jordan Profits to Black-Owned Bank

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Atlanta Black Star reported Jordan donated $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and another $1 million to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Institute for Community-Police Relations. It was the first time Jordan spoke out about violence by and against African-Americans.

“I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late,” he said at the time. “I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent.”

Jordan had been criticized for not taking a strong enough stand when it came to racial violence since he gave equal donations to the two organizations. Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports’ “Speak For Yourself” was one detractor.

“Michael Jordan is cutting a $2 million check to restore his image,”  Whitlock said in the July 25 episode. “His image has been taking a beating over the last 10 years.”

Mike wants the athlete to invest in Black America more than he has. In an Instagram post made Aug. 6, Mike asks Jordan to place profits generated from the forthcoming Air Jordan 5 Retro “Gold Medal” sneaker into a Black-owned bank.

“We know that with your example other Players will follow,” the MC wrote. “I’m sure Jim Brown, Kareem & Bill Russell will agree. Love ya man. U truly were/are the greatest.”