Michael Jordan released a new book yesterday titled “Michael Jordan, The Life” and he got very personal about some of the intimate details of his life. One part of the biography in particular focused on him actually being a racist himself towards white people. Not trying to make excuses for him having racist views at one point, but as a young man he may of had good reason. Hit the jump.


MJ spoke about his early upbringing in North Carolina in an area with the KKK was very prevalent that contributed to his views on race. As a young kid all he saw was racism towards his own race so it was hard not to feel the same way. Jordan said when he watched “Roots” the famous mini-series that detailed the lives of slaves and African-Americans before his time, it also added to his views on race.

Jordan said in 1977 a girl in school called him the “N-word” and he was tired of it. “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.”

He was suspended from the school for that and it was his mother that urged him not to be racist and not look at things that way just cause other ignorant people do. Jordan also detailed how he was one of only two black players on the school baseball team and was called inferior while he played. Funny people called him inferior, if they only knew how the future would play out.

The book is now available for anyone interested.