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Jordan: Considered myself a racist
Updated: May 7, 2014, 12:57 PM ET
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."