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Quick Thoughts on the Recent Trend of Burning Nike-Branded Shoes

September 7, 2018 41 comments

I am sure that by now, most of you must have seen one or more images/ video clips of some “real american” aka pudgy white guys in low-end suburbs with mediocre dead-end jobs burning nike-branded footwear and socks. And yes.. this ludicrous reaction was in reaction to Nike paying Colin Kaepernick to be in one of their latest ad campaign. To rub some more salt in the wounds of easily offended pudgy white guys who are not racist (because they claim to have one black friend) Nike aired ads with Kaepernick during the NFL season opener.

The very short version of the original controversy is as follows: A bit over two years ago, Colin Kaepernick decided to protest the endless spate of police killing unarmed black men in USA by refusing to stand up during the american national anthem played at start of each NFL game- which, curiously, is a fairly recent practice. Apparently this personal protest was enough to get some pudgy white men living in flyover country all up in arms because of “disrespect” to national anthem or some other bullshit reasoning. Whisper.. it was racism.

Personally, I could never understand why any black person would stand up to the american national anthem- given the rather problematic history of USA as a sovereign state towards them. Need I remind you about slavery, Jim Crow laws, mass incarceration and a host of other issues which provide black people a multitude of authentic reasons to not care about USA. Anyway, back to the topic of this post, it seems many of those “real american” idiots thought that posting photos of videos of them burning nike-branded products was a good idea.

But isn’t burning nike shoes by these idiots not eerily reminiscent of their grand parents burning crosses on front lawns of black people? Well it is, but look at the bright side. These idiots are now either too poor or incompetent to buy or make crosses for burning on the lawns of other people. The most they can do now is to burn some old pair of shoes, from the back of their shoe rack, on their own lawn. I say this is real progress, even if it doesn’t seem like that as first sight.

What do you think? Comments?