Michael Jordan says he was a racist 'against all white people' | Bob's Blitz

Michael Jordan says he was a racist 'against all white people'

Michael Jordan says that when he was a teen he was "a racist against all white people." The bombshell is dropped in the new bestseller, Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby.

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.”

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.

The Post adds:

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.

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.

Interesting that just last week Jordan said of embattled LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, "I look at this from two perspectives — as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views," with no mention of his own long ago held views.

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