Michael Jordan is synonymous with many things. For one, he is the epitome of a champion. Also, he is a legend in at least three different arenas (sports, business, and gambling). Even more so, he is known for either being a brash competitor or an egotistical wind bag. Yet, no one can deny the greatness associated with the name Michael Jordan. So, it should be noted that the man known as Air Jordan has proven to be symbolic with prominence.

Yet, imagining him as a racist is not something I had in mind. I understand that he was born in the 60’s. I also have a clue that he is a North Carolina native. With the given info, racism in his life is not something that is surprising. With the given circumstances, Michael Jordan having any mixed feelings towards race should be understood and/or expected.

Michael Jordan and His Racist Experiences

Michael Jordan grew up in a time where race mattered (and still does today). When he was 14, he threw a soda at a female that called him a “nigger” [1]. Automatically, one should understand the context for Michael Jordan’s racism. His beliefs were just a reflection of a southern U.S. area where racism was as American as apple pie and arrogance. With that context given, there should be no surprise about Michael Jordan’s past beliefs.

Speaking of context, we have to understand that Michael Jordan grew up in an area where racism was woven into the fabric of everyday life. Roland Lazenby, author of the recent tome Michael Jordan: The Life, expounded further in a Sports Illustrated interview:

“I’ve been to North Carolina hundreds of times and enjoy it tremendously, but North Carolina was a state that had more Klan members than the rest of the Southern states combined,” the author said. “As I started looking at newspapers back in this era when I was putting together [Michael’s great-grandfather] Dawson Jordan’s life, the Klan was like a chamber of commerce. It bought the uniforms for ball teams and put Bibles in all the schools. It may well have ended up being a chamber of commerce if not for all the violence it was perpetrating, too. A lot of the context just wasn’t possible to put it in a basketball book. A lot of it ended up being cut.” [2]

It says a lot when the Ku Klux Klan has that much control over the world around you. When it gets to the point that the Klan is almost like a chamber of commerce, you know that you are living in a racially stagnant society. Thus, racism was big for Michael Jordan because it was a part of his everyday life.

Learning from Michael Jordan’s Racial Experiences

From Michael Jordan’s experience, one should understand how racially motivated our society is. So many people want to live in a post-racial time period. However, as long as people adopt their racist attitudes, progress will stand at a standstill. My writing on racial issues is the main reason why this subject is important. Henceforth, Michael Jordan’s situation reconfirms how race has affected western civilization.

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Another learning moment derives from that of personal growth and maturity. Michael Jordan hated white people at one point. However, he quickly got the memo that all white people are not bad. Jordan was mature enough to recognize his faults and clear any air for misconceptions. That maturity and growth should be a clear sign for others to let their racially pissant mentality to become eradicated.

The Skinny on Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan was a racist; the keyword is “was”. Growing up in racially delicate times has affected society. Meanwhile, our society still continues to promote racially inequality and non-integrity. Regardless, Michael Jordan rose about his anger for white people to become arguably the best player to touch a basketball. With that said, Michael Jordan is a perfect example of letting (I hope) all racial issues go.

Besides, most people that are still racist are either careless or foolish.

‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!!!

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