In a rare move of public political action (public anything really, other than Hanes commercials), basketball legend Michael Jordan published a statement on ESPN's Undefeated website addressing both police brutality and targeted murders of police officers.
M.J. also made large donations to two different organizations that support both causes.
Jordan opens his statement talking about his own upbringing as it relates to violence.
As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.
I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.
The statement is empathetic to both causes, and Jordan goes on to announce his contributions to two organizations.
To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The Institute for Community-Police Relations’ policy and oversight work is focused on building trust and promoting best practices in community policing. My donation to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s oldest civil rights law organization, will support its ongoing work in support of reforms that will build trust and respect between communities and law enforcement. Although I know these contributions alone are not enough to solve the problem, I hope the resources will help both organizations make a positive difference.
Prior to this, Jordan's last bit of public engagement with politics was participating in a fundraiser for President Obama. Discuss
Well, the fall might be even longer than we expected.
This morning, The New York Timesreported the results of a new poll that shows the 2016 president election significantly closer than many expected: GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump actually appears to be tied with his democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton.
The Times report suggests that Clinton’s on-going email scandal was the catalyst for her slide in the polls. The poll reveals that 67 percent of voters think Clinton is “not honest and trustworthy.” According to the Times, that’s a 5 percent increase from a CBS News poll from last month (before the FBI released findings from the Clinton investigation). Whatever factors are playing into Clinton's lessening support, this much is clear: Her polling lead over Trump is gone. As of this morning, the two candidates are tied, with each projected to receive about 40 percent of the vote in a general election.
Of course, one poll isn’t a prophecy. And we’ve got a long time (politically speaking) before anyone casts a vote. But if this new data is an indication, we’re in for a much closer presidential race than some experts thought. Discuss
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced this morning that 560 more troops will be sent to Iraq to help retake Mosul from ISIS.
The additional troops will bring the number in Iraq to 4,647, though the Washington Post notes that the number may be closer to 6,000, when it takes the troops deployed on temporary assignments into account.
The majority of the new troops, according to reports, will be helping build up the newly recaptured Qayara air base, which is about 40 miles from Mosul, and will include engineers and troops to work on logistics.
"These additional U.S. forces will bring unique capabilities to the campaign and provide critical enabler support to Iraqi forces at a key moment in the fight," Carter said in his announcement.
ISIS captured Mosul in the summer of 2014 and has been used as their headquarters since then. Discuss