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Ok so, I have had this on my mind for a long time, but never cared enough to publicly say anything about it.
However, with the recent release of the Air Jordan Retro 11 Gamma, I had a strong desire to simply share my thoughts just because soooo much emphasis was put on a pair of shoes and more than ever, kids were the subject of the increased desire for parents with their kids in tow to stand in line to purchase tickets only to then return to the store to pick the shoes up.
I would also like to note that the "RETRO" reference simply means, "Previously released". In the case of the Jordan brand 4 or 5 times since the original release dates back in the early 90s when you could purchase them from JCPenny catalogs for a mere $50 bucks.
"My thoughts are not to demean or disrespect any persons that purchased the shoes nor is it to disrespect Nike or the Jordan brand. Im not personally vested enough with the mentioned entities to feel any kind of way. I actually like some of the shoes. I just think that this kind of emphasis on something as meaningless as a shoe (any shoe) is detrimental to the progress of humanity, especially that of African Americans."
During this past Christmas holidays, the Release of the "Gammas" was the most sought after, highly anticipated purchase in pop culture. Inspiring a plethora of YouTube/Vine/Worldstar videos of kids ripping through layers of wrapping paper to find their prized shoes, crying and fainting for NOT receiving them, missing school to be in lines as early as you can imagine to buy the "tickets" to then come back and pick up the shoes, and of course the usual fights and killings of individuals at the stores. The saddest of them all, yes even more disappointing than death, were the social media post from parents saying that their toddlers, who apparently just being able to speak, were gibbering about "wanting Jordans". I think after seeing a few proud parents mention this, is what really rubbed me the wrong way.
So lets get down to it…
To ALL of the parents who have kids that are studious, make all A’s & B’s, loves school and have great behavior… I commend you and I pray that they continue their growth as productive citizens.
The question I propose is, “What does it say about how you value your TIME and LIFESTYLE, that you will stand in a line, to buy a TICKET to only have to return to the store to pick up something that, as soon as, it is used 1 time… Loses its value?” What is it actually telling a child about how to value, not only material things, but their own Time and Life? We are talking about “shoes”… Not a house… not investments… not a car… not college funds… not how to save money… not even anything about global warming or the impact of globalization considering financial markets. My point is, life is way more serious than a pair of shoes.
Now, lets think about the Systematic Enslavement… From a business standpoint.
Have we ever thought about why Nike only produces a "limited" amount Jordans? Yea, we know on the top soil they do it to create the demand, so that buyers can feel exclusive with their limited purchases. But I think we all can agree that Corporations, especially large corporations, are in business to PROFIT… I know, just as well as Nike knows, that if they produced enough shoes for EVERYONE who wanted to buy the shoe, they would see a tremendous increase in revenues. Which makes the "limited supply" soooo interesting to me. If it wasnt about the money I think that Nike would have paid for some Jordan related deaths or maybe even reached out to some lower income communities that show high sale volumes in the brand and made some type of charitable contributions. Since we havent seen or heard of that… It makes me question their purpose. Im not implying that they limit the production of the shoes so that young kids can have a reason to rob and kill each other… but if thats not the case and its not about the money, then Why?
In closing, I grew up watching Michael Jordan play and loved the Jordan brand as a teenager, but with my maturation into an adult, I grew concerned with how the brand markets and through their continued methods, in some ways, encourage the negative actions of the market.
I have been thinking about how to word the PRINCIPLE of what I am saying in this post for almost a month now, however this morning I came across this video from T.D. Jakes and it described my sentiments exactly. Please watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL3r_JrIPpw …
P.S. Shout out to the hustlers out there who are enterprising enough to buy tickets and resale them to the people waiting in line. Be producers, not consumers!
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