Michael Jordan says he was ‘against all white people’ as a kid in new book

Michael Jordan: I Hated White People

ESPN reports that a new book about the basketball legend reveals that the Ku Klux Klan's presence in his hometown influenced a disdain for Whites

by ESPN, May 7, 2014

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Michael Jordan says he was ‘against all white people’ as a kid in new book

Michael Jordan says he was ‘against all white people’ as a kid in new book

In a new biography, Michael Jordan reveals that he spent much of his childhood hating White people. 

Michael Jordan reveals his past struggles with racism in a biography released Tuesday. In the book, titled "Michael Jordan: The Life," Jordan describes to author Roland Lazenby how growing up in the 1970s in North Carolina — where he said the Ku Klux Klan was dominant — shaped his views on race.

Those views were strengthened after he watched the miniseries "Roots" and learned about the suffering of his African-American ancestors. The tipping point, Jordan said, came in 1977, when a girl at his school called him the N-word. "So I threw a soda at her," Jordan says in the book, excerpts of which were detailed in the New York Post. "I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at the time. Basically, I was against all White people."

Suspended by the school for his actions, Jordan tells Lazenby that his mother intervened, urging him not to have racial hatred dominate his life.

 
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