I thought Nike pulling an all-white shoe because some race-baiting lunatics on social media said it was racist to offer such merchandise on Black History Month was as bad as race victim-mongering hysteria could get in 2019. Boy, was I wrong.
“In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes,” a spokesperson for Perry’s shoe line said, according to The Guardian.
- This is exactly the kind of mindless, fear-creating, creativity-squashing social media oppression that organizations and corporations have a social obligation to reject, articulately and decisively. It is also the kind of contrived offense that they cannot muster the spine to treat with the required contempt, thus empowering the next escalation in manufactured grievances.
- Respectful? Of whom and what? Of hypersensitive fools?
- This cowardice will continue until companies capitulating to such “gotchas” are punished in the marketplace. For example, I will no longer buy Katy Perry shoes…..
- Boy, wait until it comes out that Governor Northam cross-dressed wearing blackface shoes when he was in school!
- Are the shoes on the right also racist? Flesh-face? Leather-face? No, that’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” never mind. Are they only racist if a black woman wears them? Could Oprah wear the black ones?
- Would such a design have sparked any controversy whatsoever in 2007? I am certain that it would not. What happened after that? You know. What happened after that is the supporters of Barack Obama, including those in the media, working for eight years to weaponize contrived perceptions of racism to protect the first black President from legitimate criticism, and this has resulted in a culture of strangled discourse, suffocating art, and a desperately divided society.
- President Obama allowed this to happen, and this is his damning and most significant legacy. I wonder if historians will ever have the integrity to say so.