Cameron Jordan of the New Orleans Saints funds new anti-racism training for local police
By Bob Garcia
The Saints star defensive end wants to ensure local police are equipped to tackle discrimination
New Orleans Saints star Cameron Jordan has taken the initiative to do what he can to end racism, at least in the city where he currently plays. In order to accomplish this, the defensive end announced this week that he has made the decision to donate $120,000 to a program that seeks to teach New Orleans police officers how to identify racism and discrimination. This is essential after seeing the racial justice demonstrations last year when a Minneapolis police officer murdered George Floyd, setting off riots across the country.
Even though the injustice has already been served, and the policeman has already been convicted of Floyd’s murder, Jordan hopes that, in New Orleans, no such situation will ever arise. With this funding, Crescent City Corps, a non-profit organization, will now be able to provide at least 80 hours of instruction to participating officers on issues such as racial equity, among other important topics, to end behavior that has no scruples in the eyes of humanity. In order to deliver this program, it will be divided into four classes, each with approximately 20 officers over the course of two years.
Jordan has made it clear that he wants to leave a legacy for his children so that they know that fighting for social justice issues can be possible. “I wanted to do something to make them proud,” Jordan said. “This is not a solution; this is not a completion … (but) we have the opportunity to create a positive impact in this way.”
The trial run has already been completed and ten New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officers participated in the first anti-racism training class, which was held in 2019. According to NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson, officers who are successful during this training will be eligible to receive a certificate in innovative policing from Loyola University New Orleans.