The Face of Nike

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Goaded by the performative nature of the internet, people are destroying their Nike apparel and declaring a moral boycott over shoes they’ve already purchased — all in the name of denouncing Colin Kaepernick, the newest face of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign.

On Monday, Nike announced that Kaepernick is one of the athletes helping commemoratethe 30th anniversary of the brand’s iconic slogan. (Serena Williams and Odell Beckham Jr.are among the other faces of the campaign.) The ad is a black-and-white close-up of Kaepernick’s face with the words, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything” — a reference to Kaepernick’s lawsuit against the NFL for allegedly colluding to keep the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback out of the league over his protests against police brutality.

Though Kaepernick and other NFL players who have kneeled during the national anthem maintain that their protest is about police brutality resulting in the deaths of unarmed black Americans, that hasn’t stopped their critics, including President Donald Trump, from claiming that Kaepernick is disrespecting his flag and country.


And so the new Nike ad has inspired some people to post videos and photos of them destroying their Nike apparel in an illustration of their fealty to said flag and country. What’s followed is a boycott largely confined to performative social-media outrage.
Americans destroying apparel they’ve already paid for to scold a multibillion-dollar company over an ad campaign that promotes rebellion but also is implicitly selling conformity: It sounds like deep-level satire. But that is the world we live in, and it crystallizes some specifics of how the internet outrage machine operates — and how Nike has already won.

Some people are destroying Nike stuff they’ve already bought. More people are mocking them for doing so.

There's more: Why the social media boycott over Colin Kaepernick is a win for Nike
 
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Who is Nate Boyer??
As a Green Beret, he served multiple tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Boyer explained that kneeling still felt respectful, "We take a knee to pray and propose to our wives. when people get knighted they take a knee, never really in history has kneeling been viewed as disrespectful."

As for the message on the new ad, which says, "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything," Boyer says the message is controversial, especially for those who may have sacrificed more than a football career. "The ultimate sacrifice that we talk about often, with respect to people who have lost their lives fighting for the very things that the flag and the anthem are supposed to represent."

Boyer encouraged Kaepernick to take a knee. Surprised?? Don't be.

Protest is patriotism.

Bay Area Army veteran who encouraged Kap to take a knee addresses new Nike ad
 
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Who is Nate Boyer??
As a Green Beret, he served multiple tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Boyer explained that kneeling still felt respectful, "We take a knee to pray and propose to our wives. when people get knighted they take a knee, never really in history has kneeling been viewed as disrespectful."

As for the message on the new ad, which says, "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything," Boyer says the message is controversial, especially for those who may have sacrificed more than a football career. "The ultimate sacrifice that we talk about often, with respect to people who have lost their lives fighting for the very things that the flag and the anthem are supposed to represent."

Boyer encouraged Kaepernick to take a knee. Surprised?? Don't be.

Protest is patriotism.

Bay Area Army veteran who encouraged Kap to take a knee addresses new Nike ad
Based on a false premise
Police Violence against Black Men Is Rare: Here’s What the Data Actually Say | National Review

This narrative is false. In reality, a randomly selected black man is overwhelmingly unlikely to be victim of police violence — and though white men experience such violence even less often, the disparity is consistent with the racial gap in violent crime, suggesting that the role of racial bias is small. The media’s acceptance of the false narrative poisons the relations between law enforcement and black communities throughout the country and results in violent protests that destroy property and sometimes even claim lives. Perhaps even more importantly, the narrative distracts from far more serious problems that black Americans face.
 
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Who is Nate Boyer??
As a Green Beret, he served multiple tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Boyer explained that kneeling still felt respectful, "We take a knee to pray and propose to our wives. when people get knighted they take a knee, never really in history has kneeling been viewed as disrespectful."

As for the message on the new ad, which says, "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything," Boyer says the message is controversial, especially for those who may have sacrificed more than a football career. "The ultimate sacrifice that we talk about often, with respect to people who have lost their lives fighting for the very things that the flag and the anthem are supposed to represent."

Boyer encouraged Kaepernick to take a knee. Surprised?? Don't be.

Protest is patriotism.

Bay Area Army veteran who encouraged Kap to take a knee addresses new Nike ad
Bingo. If anyone truly believes in what this country stands for, then they should not be offended by Kaepernick. They should be cheering.
 
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Based on a false premise
Police Violence against Black Men Is Rare: Here’s What the Data Actually Say | National Review

This narrative is false. In reality, a randomly selected black man is overwhelmingly unlikely to be victim of police violence — and though white men experience such violence even less often, the disparity is consistent with the racial gap in violent crime, suggesting that the role of racial bias is small. The media’s acceptance of the false narrative poisons the relations between law enforcement and black communities throughout the country and results in violent protests that destroy property and sometimes even claim lives. Perhaps even more importantly, the narrative distracts from far more serious problems that black Americans face.
Statistics don't lie but liars use statistics.
 
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A tweet this morning that was retweeted by someone I follow so can't find again summed it up beautifully.

People are boycotting Nike for supporting Kaepernick but not boycotting the catholic church for f**king their children. What's wrong with the world?