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Seriously?



German sneaker maker Adidas surprised to find itself involved in a racial controversy over it’s latest design. Uh huh.

“A unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery” they say.

“Offensive, appalling and insensitive.” says Jesse Jackson. And for once I agree with him.

German sports apparel maker Adidas withdrew its plans to sell a controversial sneaker featuring affixed rubber shackles after the company generated significant criticism when advertising the shoe on it’s Facebook page.

The high-top sneakers, dubbed the JS Roundhouse Mids, were expected to release in August, according to the Adidas Originals Facebook page. “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?” a caption below a photo of the sneakers read.

The June 14 post prompted plenty of criticism from around the web, with many of those commenting saying they felt the shackle invoked the painful image of slavery.

Though dismissing the criticism in a written statement by defending the sneaker’s designer, Jeremy Scott, as having a “quirky” and “lighthearted” style, Adidas nonetheless said Monday that it planned to cancel the shoe’s release.

One of Adidas’ most high-profile condemnations came from the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

“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,” Jackson said in a statement Monday, prior to Adidas’s decision to withdraw them from the marketplace.

See? Just once. Then the regular Jesse comes out again. Sheesh; the guy is like Joe Biden with a tan. It’s such a pity that old Jesse can’t broaden his horizons just a little, because if he looked at the entire western hemisphere he’d be saying that African bondage went on for more than 300 years. There were slaves in South America long before there were slaves in North America. Actually, that’s where something like 80% of all the slaves went. And slavery went right on down below the equator, for several decades longer than it stuck around up here. Let’s not mention to him that it continues to this day in Africa, blacks enslaving other blacks, just as it has for 4000 years on that continent. Oh sure, it’s illegal, but it flies under the radar and gets little official notice.

And I just can’t believe he takes this opportunity - a protest against the actions of a European company - to show the world once again just how stupid he really is. Jesse, if those old slaves had counted as fully human you’d be picking cotton today, wearing those shoes made with iron chains. Can’t you ever figure out the truth that 3/5 representation LIMITED the power of the slave states in the federal government??? The ugly truth is that slaves were livestock. Cows don’t vote. Chicken don’t have Congressmen. If slaves had had no representation - if they weren’t counted as human at all - then just maybe they would have been set free a generation or two earlier, because NONE of the compromise bills would have ever passed. So can you finally Get It? 3/5 representation weakened the slave states. It had nothing at all to do with the human livestock they held at the time. Ask Dred Scott.

And of course Jesse doesn’t look beyond his own small world. Yes, it’s quite possible that these sneakers are supposed to invoke slavery. But they’re from Germany, so the kind of slavery they may have had in mind is quite different ...

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/19/2012 at 12:18 PM   
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