Tuesday, 19 June 2012

NEW aDIDAS SHOE: 'SLAVE SHACKLES'


The white power structure has been for a long time being promoting the white supremacist stereotypes of black people from the time of slavery and segregation in the usa through popular culture. They have been perpetuating the over-sexed predator, black hyper-macho, material obsessed black man in mainstream culture and media, and unfortunately they have done this with very little resistance. 

This new adidas trainer is a natural development to this state of affairs however disturbing it is. 

Perhaps its time that our people, especially our youth turn over a leaf and see the system for what it is: a machine that conducts genocide against our peoples across the world and manipulates our brains to the point that lynching and nato bombing is freedom, and consumer fetishisation is happiness.

Maybe taking a revolt of the slaves in the direct targeting of adidas products for confiscation by our peoples is a fitting reply to this development? And perhaps our Irish family can join in, seeing the disgusting insult to them by adidas beforehand (see article below).

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


Adidas under fire for unveiling new trainer with orange 'shackles' like those worn by black slaves

- JS Roundhouse Mids have bright 'shackles' that fit around wearer's ankles
- Many have compared devices to those worn by black slaves in America
- 2,000 label design 'offensive, ignorant' and say Adidas 'sunk to new lows'


Adidas has come under fire for creating a pair of trainers with ‘shackles’.

Critics have compared the ‘JS Roundhouse Mids’, to be released in August, to the chains worn by black slaves in the 19th century.

The firm unveiled the trainers on its Facebook page. They feature plastic orange ‘shackles’ attached to the ankles by chains in the same colour.

The shoes have sparked an angry debate online. More than 2,000 Facebook users have commented, with many calling the design ‘offensive’ and ‘ignorant’, saying the firm has ‘sunk to new lows’ with its ‘slavewear’ product.

One, ‘Kay Tee’, said: ‘It’s offensive and inappropriate in many ways… How would a Jewish person feel if they decided to have a shoe with a swastika on it and tried to claim it was OK in the name of fashion?’

Dr Boyce Watkins, writing for Your Black World,  said: 'Shackles. The stuff that our ancestors wore for 400 years while experiencing the most horrific atrocities imaginable.

'Most of which were never documented in the history books and kept away from you in the educational system, all so you'd be willing to put shackles on your ankles today and not be so sensitive about it.'

The Professor at Syracuse University said he accepted some people would accuse him of overreacting.

But he added: 'There is always a group of negroes who are more than happy to resubmit themselves to slavery.

'I'm offended by these shoes as there is nothing funny about the prison industrial complex, which is the most genocidal thing to happen to the black family since slavery itself.'

Others have likened the shoes' orange 'bracelets' to the shackles worn by prisoners across the America, or said the firm is 'promoting slavery'.

Kay Tee added: 'Regardless if the company was saying the shoes are so hot you have to chain them to you, or they were capitalising on the whole prison style popularity.

'But corporate business has a social responsibility above all to consider these perceptions before releasing a product like this.

Adidas has not yet commented.

It seems Adidas did not want to be outdone by fierce competitor Nike in the controversial shoe design stakes.

In March, Nike was accused of 'huge insensitivity' for launching a £70 'beer-themed' trainer called 'The Black and Tan' in time for St Patrick's Day.

The firm apologised, saying it was an innocent name designed to chime with the often boozy celebrations for Ireland's patron saint.

To others, however, it was a historical affront reviving bitter memories of a British unit sent to Ireland to suppress revolt in the 1920s.

That is because the Black and Tans was the nickname given to the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force, which became notorious for a brutal crackdown during the independence war.

One outraged Irish American claimed it was the equivalent of calling a shoe ‘the Al Qaeda’.

The trainer is officially called the Nike SB Dunk Low, but has been nicknamed The Black and Tan for its colourings. An advertisement for the shoe says: ‘Tis the season for Irish beer and why not celebrate with Nike.

‘The Black and Tan sneaker takes inspiration for the fine balancing act of a stout on top a pale ale in a pint glass.’

Others Irish Americans criticised Nike for being ‘oblivious’ to the historical connotation.

Six years ago ice cream firm Ben & Jerry’s caused a furore when it launched a Black and Tan flavour. The product was quickly withdrawn.

Athough only deployed from 1920 to 1922, nationalist Ireland still associates the Black and Tans with murder, brutality, massacre and indiscipline in the years leading to southern Ireland's independence

Historians say there is no dispute that 'the Tans' killed and destroyed on a large scale, and recorded that when a Tan was killed in Cork, they burnt down more than 300 buildings.

The Catholic cardinal of the day called them 'a horde of savages, some of them simply brigands, burglars and thieves'.


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