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For those who aren't understanding the "issue" with the Shackle shoes...

Anonymous
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I don't agree with this point of view, but I think it's important for all of us to realize the gravity of what people are saying about Adidas. The situation is ridiculous enough, let's not make it worse. Here's an article by Rev. Jesse Jackson, a pillar of the black community, who has articulated what *some* people are feeling...

Adidas Shackle Shoe Human Degradation
Rev. Jesse Jackson | 2 hours ago

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The attempt to commercialize and make popular more than 200 years of human degradation, where blacks were considered three-fifths human by our Constitution is offensive, appalling and insensitive. Removing the chains from our ankles and placing them on our shoes is no progress
For Adidas to promote the athleticism and contributions of a variety of African-American sports legends -- especially Olympic heroes Wilma Rudolph and Jesse Owens and boxing great Muhammad Ali -- and then allow such a degrading symbol of African-American history to pass through its corporate channels and move toward actual production and advertisement, is insensitive and corporately irresponsible.
These slave shoes are odious and we as a people should be called to resent and resist them. If put into production and placed on the market, protests and pickets signs will follow. Adidas cannot make a profit at the expense of commercialized human degradation.
I spend a good deal of time in America's public schools urging young men and women to pursue academic excellence. Students repeat the phrase -- strong minds break strong chains. Even if no allusion to slavery is intended, chains conjure only negative images. The only things we chain in this society are slaves, prisoners and beasts. This is exactly the kind of mindless commercialism our children need less of -- especially in young urban America where 55 percent unemployment, under 50 percent graduation rates, drugs and violence have them chained to uncertain futures already. We urge the NBA, NCAA, state high school athletic associations, Parent Teachers Associations, coaches associations, players associations and the U.S. Olympic Committee to reject these shoes. African-Americans have made too much progress since slavery to allow any company to profit by selling images reminiscent of our enslaved past.
Posted by Anonymous on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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Crazy-Steph
by Ruby Member on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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Maybe nobody understands the "issue" because there is no "issue?"  Just some more BS made up by Jesse Jackson?  He's the only one that seems to have an "issue."

The shoes are ugly.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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Irenesmommy
by Gold Member on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I've never even heard about whatever this is.

HaleyCovington
by on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM
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Prisoners should be more offended! Stop trying to find racism in everything!!!!
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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It's enough of an issue to enough people that Adidas withdrew plans to sell the shoe.

Quoting Crazy-Steph:

Maybe nobody understands the "issue" because there is no "issue?"  Just some more BS made up by Jesse Jackson?  He's the only one that seems to have an "issue."

The shoes are ugly.

Pandapanda
by Silver Member on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM
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As Peter Griffin once said.. "Oh. My. God. WHO the hell cares?"

Bigmetalchicken
by Ruby Member on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM
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You lost me at 'By Jesse Jackson'.  nothing of merit has ever come from that race baiting, hate mongering propagandist ever.  

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM
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If you don't care, then this post wasn't meant for you.

Quoting Pandapanda:

As Peter Griffin once said.. "Oh. My. God. WHO the hell cares?"

Crazy-Steph
by Ruby Member on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I think most people would do whatever Jesse James wants, just to shut him up.  Plus, they are ugly.  I don't imagine them being a very big seller.

Quoting Anonymous:

It's enough of an issue to enough people that Adidas withdrew plans to sell the shoe.

Quoting Crazy-Steph:

Maybe nobody understands the "issue" because there is no "issue?"  Just some more BS made up by Jesse Jackson?  He's the only one that seems to have an "issue."

The shoes are ugly.


RhondaVeggie
by on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM
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Because black slaves are the only people in history who have ever worn shackles. Give me a break.
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