Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Nike's complete abandonment of all decency

The shoe company is making Colin Kaepernick the face of its 30-years-of-"Just-Do-It" campaign. Not only did Kaepernick start the take-a-knee movement, which has decimated NFL attendance and viewership numbers, not to mention worsen overall societal brittleness, he's been seen wearing pigs-in-cops'-hats socks on multiple occasions, and offering a lame explanation for why he's done it.

The America-hating spoiled brat also wore a tee shirt depicting a 1960 meeting between Fidel Castro and Malcolm X to a press conference in Miami. His explanation for that wasn't lame, it was quite revealing:

After Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald called out the juxtaposition of Kaepernick's anti-oppression stance and his oppressor-promoting shirt, Kaep reportedly had this to say to Salguero:
I am a believer in Malcolm X and his ideology and what he talked about and what he believed in as far as fighting oppression.
Yes, good! But what about the Castro part of that shirt?
The fact he [Malcolm X] met with Fidel to me speaks to his open mind to be willing to hear different aspects of people’s views and ultimately being able to create his own views as far as the best way to approach different situations, different cultures.
I’m not talking about Fidel Castro and his oppression. I’m talking about Malcolm X and what he’s done for people.
Okay, but is that really the best way to communic—OH NO, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
One thing Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here even though we’re fully capable of doing that.
The author of the GQ article linked above is flabbergasted by Kaepernick's utterances, but cannot resolve his cognitive dissonance. He thinks there really is some kind of "mass incarceration and police violence perpetrated against people of color" and that it's a "horrific epidemic," but that Kaepernick just, you know, went a little too far. The author probably can't stand the discomfort of acknowledging that the perpetuation of that kind of lie (and it is a lie, just check out Heather MacDonald's extensive body of work on the subject) is in the service of the overall erosion of the legitimacy of the American experiment, and its replacement with totalitarianism.

The interesting thing to monitor over the next few weeks and months, of course, is any effect on Nike sales.

Corporate acquiescence to the Left (which, contrary to Sheldon Whitehouse's take on what's wrong with corporations, is the real problem with big companies) is pandemic, but it's rarely this blatant. 

It's a point of honor for me that you will not find one pair of this garbage company's products in this house.