All-universe NBA legend Michael Jordan has come out with a confession that will surprise some with its refreshing honesty, and its message of redemption. The NY Post reported:
Basketball legend Michael Jordan says that he considered himself a racist when he was a teenager and was “against all white people.”
The confession comes from a new book, “Michael Jordan: The Life,” by Ronald Lazenby.
Jordan said the Ku Klux Klan was dominant in North Carolina, where he grew up in the mid-1970s, buying uniforms for sports teams and Bibles for schools.
It's understandable that Jordan would harbor animus against people who were truly bigoted and displayed their hatred towards black people. But the issue is whether a person lets the anger and animosity consume him, thereby leading to further prejudice and wrong-doing against others, or is able to overcome it. The story continues:
Jordan took up baseball before basketball and was one of only two black children on the team. He says he was often told he was inferior.
Jordan says it was after watching the miniseries “Roots,” about the suffering of his African-American ancestors, that he began to understand more about race relations.
In 1977, he remembers a girl at school calling him a n—-r.
“So I threw a soda at her,” he says. “I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at the time. Basically, I was against all white people.”
That's an astonishing admission from a sports icon who is still a hero to many people. MJ is surely opening up about something that has bothered many black people, and his amplified voice has the power to reach and heal millions.
He was suspended for the incident. During that time, it was his mother who convinced him that he could not go through life consumed by racial hatred.
Racial prejudice and bigotry are evils that can move people to commit wrongdoing against other individuals.
Michael Jordan is right to both condemn racism of the kind that has made Donald Sterling a hot topic of discussion, and to send a message to all people that you shouldn't let racial animosity of any kind consume you.