In the new book “Michael Jordan: The Life,” a biography of the G.O.A.T. by Roland Lazenby, MJ talks about the racism he encountered living in North Carolina. Read more about the story from NBCNews.com:

Per an excerpt from the book, Jordan told Lazenby that he was suspended from school in 1977 after throwing a soda at a girl who called him the N-word.

‘So I threw a soda at her,” Jordan’s quoted as saying. ‘I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at the time. Basically, I was against all white people.’

Lazenby¬†told Sports Illustrated¬†that it appeared that the root of Jordan’s animosity came from growing up in an area of North Carolina where the Ku Klux Klan once had a large presence.

‘I’ve been to North Carolina hundreds of times and enjoy it tremendously, but North Carolina was a state that had more Klan members than the rest of the Southern states combined,’ the author said. ‘As I started looking at newspapers back in this era when I was putting together [Michael’s great-grandfather] Dawson Jordan’s life, the Klan was like a chamber of commerce. It bought the uniforms for ball teams, it put Bibles in all the schools. It may well have ended up being a chamber of commerce if not for all the violence it was perpetrating, too. A lot of the context just wasn’t possible to put it in a basketball book. A lot of it ended up being cut.’