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

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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 |Β 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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by Gold Member on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Ill I've ever worn since I was 16 is Adidas. If the colors weren't so terrible (like say I could get them in black/red) you can bet your ass id rock em lol. Besides..... I like restraints.
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by Anonymous 5 on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM
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Christians were shackled were why are blacks the only ones throwing a fit. I so sick of their racisism cards being thrown around....

by on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM
It's only an issue because people like to get butthurt over the most asinine stuff. They're shoes nothing more nothing less.
by Rebecca on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM
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Why does everything always have to be a racial issue? Seriously, they are shoes. Ugly shoes, but still just shoes.
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by Ruby Member on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Your implying that only blacks were targeted as slaves while there were plenty of slaves of other races. Whites were the first race that were used as slaves because we used 'our' own people. Whether or not they were the lowest of the low or criminals or the poor whites were used first. Then whitie tried to enslave the native americans but they weren't having that shit and would not be controled (nor should they or anyone else had been) and then later it was turned to african americans. There have been jewish slaves there have been slaves used in asia. There have been slaves EVERYWHERE. Hell there are countries that still use a massive amount of this belief system. The point is. Its not going back on anything when it never stoped. We have our own shit going on in this country right now. Children slaves, people from other countries that are bought by the high and powerful there are people who are not accounted for off the grid because their so enslaved no one knows about them. A women came out a year or two ago how she had been kept for 15 years hardly ever paid never allowed to leave the house working around the clock. She was from south america or mexico and employeed by a very rich family but when the husband died and his wife couldn't keep the women in check any longer the story got out. 

Its happening until this day. 

by Emerald Member on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM

 Gimme a freaking break. those shoes are ugly anyway. Its not like someone would actually freaking wear them.

Get over it. They are selling them anyway anymore. The "issue" is now a non-issue so why keep bitching and moaning about it.

by Anonymous 6 on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Jesse Jackson is a joke.
by Anonymous 7 on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Black ppl tend to buy from that company. So mr.jacksons statements were more directed to his community. If thats not you, be quiet. For some there really is an issue and it is exactly what he said. Again unless your ancestors we slaves then you may not feel the same way. If your grandfather could walk in the front door of a business 50 years ago, then you probably have no clue what other ppl are thinking or feeling.
by Anonymous 8 on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Sorry I had to stop readin after the name rev. Jackson he turns everything to race if he don't like it.
by on Jun. 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I'm sad the shoes are being pulled off the shelves.  I was very much looking forward to making fun of the people who would wear them. 

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