Harare-Basketball legend Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand have pledged to give US $100 million to any organisation committed to combating racial inequality and social injustice, CGTN reports.
In a joint statement on Friday, Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand said the donation of US $100 million will be distributed for a decade to “organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.”
“Black lives matter,” reads the statement.
“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.”
Jordan released a statement last Sunday conveying his condolences to Floyd’s family and sharing his support in combating racism in the country.
“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,” Jordan said.
The announcement of the US$100 million donation followed nationwide protests propelled by the brutal murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by Minneapolis police officers.
After the death of George Floyd, professional athletes in the U.S. have since joined the campaign, mostly through peaceful expressions, to combat for a change for the racial injustice.
Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry protested on Wednesday along with his wife and four teammates from the Golden State Warriors.
On Thursday night, 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and several of his colleagues conveyed a passionate video message to the league urging it to condemn racism and injustice in the US.
On Friday, players and staff of Jacksonville Jaguars also marched from their stadium to the offices of the sheriff’s department, protesting against police brutality and racism.
“Today we say no more,” wide receiver Chris Conley said.
“Today we see a nation that can’t await change, a city that won’t sit still or be quiet.”
In a video released Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league was wrong for paying deaf ears to players who were fighting for racial equality and urged them to have peaceful protests.
“It has been a difficult time for our country. In particular, black people in our country.
“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much needed change in this countr,” he said.
Several countries around the world condemned, and criticised on human rights violation by the Donald Trump administration and called the brutal murder of Floyd George a symbol of American hypocrisy for being ‘the champion of human rights.’