Michael Jordan has been in the news recently, as he has finally come out and spoken about social injustices that have been plaguing the Black community. Many felt that it took Jordan far too long to publicly make a statement. They feel as though he should have used his power and status as a sports superstar to shine a light on police brutality and other issues affecting Blacks in the United States a lot sooner, especially since Black kids are a huge purchaser of his popular "Air Jordan" shoes made by Nike.
Killer Mike on the other hand, has been a huge voice in politics and issues surrounding Black culture. He was thrust in the national spotlight when he backed Bernie Sanders for president and was a big factor in Sanders getting traction with younger voters.
I think that it is good that Killer Mike has issued this challenge. Challenges are good. Challenges have a way of forcing a person to have an opinion. Being challenged helps you understand yourself and your personal motivations better. Will you accept the challenge, rise to the occasion and meet the conditions set forth or will you simply do nothing and decline? I believe that it would be a great symbolic victory for Jordan to continue his recent efforts in being a positive force in the Black community. He has recently donated large funds to the NAACP and to other worthy organizations. Bravo, Mr. Jordan, but of course, our Black financial institutions need a little love too.
As founder of BlackBusinessList.Com, I have continually promoted the idea that African Americans should help each other in business and finance. As a minority group, we have huge hurdles to overcome, and no one will help us, if we don't first help ourselves.
Here is Killer Mike's challenge as published on Instagram.
So what about you? In your heart of hearts, do you think it really matter's if Jordan invests in Black banks? What's your opinion? Talk back. Leave a comment below and let's chat.