YourBlackAthletes: LeBron James Works with Barack Obama Campaign

August 4, 2008

The words of Michael Jordan when asked why he wouldn’t endorse progressive Democrat Harvey Gantt are, for me, one of the great stains on his escutcheon. While a man has a right to keep his political views private, Mike was roundly criticised for the comment, and for good reason. Gantt was running against Jesse Helms, a politician considered one of the last segregationists in the Senate who repeatedly voted against civil rights measures and once mounted a sixteen-day filibuster in an attempt to prevent Martin Luther King’s birthday from being recognised as a national holiday. Even so, Jordan chose not to take a stance, instead countering with a statement perceived as cynical and driven by financial concern.

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