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Local activists and ministers are taking on one of the world’s top sports brands.

They’re calling on Nike and Michael Jordan to change the way they sell the highly sought after Air Jordan sneakers.

This comes after the frenzy over the limited release last week turned violent in some cities. Now, community leaders say the people at the top should take some responsibility.

Mob style scuffles nearly turned into riots over the $200 Air Jordans. It’s hard to explain the shopping madness that had some customers running to malls.

“I’ve never seen anybody be killed or jumped over a TV. For some reason it’s the shoes,” said Maria Hernandez, whose son frequently buys the sneakers.

“These shoes have always had a place of value in Black life,” said Malik Ingram.

It bothers Ingram that the shoes bearing his idol’s name are associated with violence.

“We all grew up loving him. He makes no statements. It’s like he doesn’t care,” said Ingram.

Outside Greenspoint Mall on Wednesday activist Quanell X and ministers called on Jordan and Nike founder Phil Knight to lower the price of the shoes and meet customer demand.

It is the responsibility of Michael Jordan and Nike to stand up and be part of the solution. Right now it’s a public safety issue with children wearing those sneakers,” said Quanell X…

20 Comments!

  1. Claire: barbarian, etc
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 10:09 am |

    “My choices are Your fault. FIX IT!”

    Thanx, LBJ!

  2. Posted December 30, 2011 at 10:28 am |

    “Gimmee.”

    It’s the new ideology.
    .

  3. Vonster
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 10:45 am |

    I wonder if these people realize the kinda shit that comes out their fried chicken holes.

  4. Posted December 30, 2011 at 11:37 am |

    Hey Quanell, instead of trying to force Nike to lower the price of the shoes, why don’t you just sell your fleet of foreign and luxury cars, your treasure chest full of bling and about 3 weeks of those “donations” your street walkers bring in to you.

    Show some charity…instead of paying your boys to go beat up old women at polling places, why not have them put in a real day’s work with the proceeds going to put a 127th pair of Nikes in the closet of one of these kids.

  5. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 11:49 am |

    “How can anybody be that bugfuck over shooozzzz?”

    (…Comment removed by the author….)

  6. ZZMike
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 11:59 am |

    [Completely off topic] I really like your new layout (esp. the photo-in-the-text thingy).

    About them shoes. Everybody knows that shoes don’t cause violence, people do. But still, there’s a good argument for shoe control.

    “These shoes have always had a place of value in Black life,” said Malik Ingram.”

    Wow!! Playing the race card, right up front.

    “… called on Jordan and Nike founder Phil Knight to lower the price of the shoes and meet customer demand.”

    I agree 100%! And Chevvy gotta lower the price of its Volt to about $14.99 so I can afford one. And think of all the cars they’d sell!! (‘Course, there’d be them mobs at the auto store…)

    “The people that can least afford these shoes are buying them…”

    Musta failed Economics in school.

    Add this story to the ones about the mob violence at Black Friday sales, and we have to conclude that the thin veneer of civilization is slowly slipping away.

  7. mojo
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm |

    Gee, I wonder if there’s any common thread amongst all these violence problems over basketball shoes… Maybe some demographic segment is more involved than others… Perhaps due to some social pressures in the “community”…

  8. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm |

    Quanell X and ministers called on Jordan and Nike founder Phil Knight to lower the price of the shoes and meet customer demand to have rioters pepper sprayed, tazed, shot and arrested.
    Fixed it.

  9. Posted December 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm |

    Shouldn’t these community leaders be concerned that members of their community kill children for $200 worth of merchandise?

    Typical socialist asshats. Blame the victim for having a possession, instead of hanging the fucking thief.

  10. Posted December 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm |

    Everybody knows that shoes don’t cause violence, people do

    And people wearing shoes cause violence as well. I think we should DEMAND a ‘barefoot’ amendment to the Constitution!

    It’s just a thought. Not thunk through.

  11. Posted December 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm |

    Howzabout in the future the shoes are only available to be purchased by those who’ve completed 200 hours of voluntary public service? Could be win-win for Nike and the black community.

  12. I-RIGHT-I
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm |

    I’m going to agree up to a point with our local mobster Kwan-il.

    Nike pulls this shit every so often with their “limited edition” sweat shop sneakers. They knew damn well what was going to happen and in fact were counting on it. Nike ought to pay for all the damages to the stores these yuk-muks caused and if any store employee was hurt by those cretins that person ought to get a tax free $100k check in the mail from Nike in the next week or two.

    I know, you know and Nike knows the kind of people that we are dealing with here and they, Nike, should not be given a pass. Nike should be punished and discouraged in the future from taking advantage of our loved but lesser brethren.

  13. Lance
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm |

    1st 4 words, “Local activists and ministers” was the tipoff!
    I kinda guessed what kind of insanity was coming next!

    I’m truly amazed at how the LSM has turned “Activist” into
    a very important identifier for loudmouths & sociopaths who
    never outgrew their childhood tantrums!
    I think there’s even collitch courses for being an ‘activist’!

    I wonder how many of these ‘athletic’ shoes were purchased
    with ‘entitlement’ money???

  14. Steve In Tulsa
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm |

    It cannot be the responsibility of those delivering the beat downs. It must be the shoes fault. They are the devils shoes.

  15. mech
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 7:26 pm |

    The kind of staus symbol shooze I do not understand.

    But I am not a cultural sheep conditioned to value such things.

  16. forest hunter
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 11:30 pm |

    Outlaw the shoes and then only outlaws will have shoes, no wait, that’s gunz, no wait! Weren’t there peeps shot w/o shoes? Or wazzit shot wid’a gun wit’chooz. Kripeez!

    The boggle game named clowns got some splainin ta do.

  17. accipiter NW
    Posted December 31, 2011 at 2:20 am |

    “Right now it’s a public safety issue with children wearing those sneakers”

    But foregoing a decent fitting pair of pants and having a belt if necessary to keep from falling down… well, we’ll just overlook that one.

  18. Posted December 31, 2011 at 3:39 am |

    I-RIGHT-I:

    These folks are either adults or children.

    Adults can buy $200 status items for their kids ( with their own earned money! ) if it pleases them. They should not have to worry about thieves molesting their kids.

    Not enough assholes are getting hung.

  19. Hopefulone
    Posted December 31, 2011 at 6:18 am |

    “a place of value in Black life”

    There is life that is “black life” that is different from other humans? Hmm. That’s racist.

    “Value?” These people place high value on shoes, and are willing to kill over them? Where do they get these “values?”

    Mmmm-mmmm-mmmm, Barack Hussein Obama…

    Maybe these “black life” people will reflect on the evil they’ve seen and teach their children to hold themselves to high standards and to respect others.

  20. ZZMike
    Posted January 2, 2012 at 1:11 am |

    mech: “The kind of staus symbol shooze I do not understand.”

    Apparently this is a big wow in some cultures.