Arrests, Pepper Spray, Gunshots, Brawls and Doors Pulled Off Hinges: Chaos at Stores Across U.S. as Thousands of Shoppers Scramble for New Nike Air Jordans

Mark Duell, Daily Mail (London), December 24, 2011

If you thought the Black Friday shopping fights were crazy then just look what happened when a re-issue of shoes first worn 15 years ago by basketball legend Michael Jordan went on sale.

Madness was breaking out today at stores across the U.S. as impatient shoppers queued up to get their hands on the first new Nike retro Air Jordan shoes that went on sale for $180 this morning.

Police used pepper spray in Seattle, Washington; four people were arrested in Atlanta, Georgia; there were fights in Louisville, Kentucky, and unruly crowds forced two stores shut in Austin, Texas.

Fights broke out in Charlotte, North Carolina; a gunshot was fired in Richmond, California; 1,500 turned up for 300 pairs of shoes in Indianapolis, Indiana; and a boy was injured in Troy, Michigan.

In Pineville, North Carolina, dozens of police officers had to break up fights and restore order inside Carolina Place Mall as early as 5am on Friday.

Outside the Foot Locker on the second floor, two could be seen throwing punches as they waited to get their hands on the Air Jordan XI Concord tennis shoe.

Witnesses said some shoppers started jumping the line, then a crowd of people at the back of the line forced their way to the front, causing several people to get angry and become unruly.

‘People were falling, I had to jump over a girl, it was crazy,’ Dominique Brewer said.

‘One kid was trampled and hurt his arm, maybe even broke it,’ a Troy Police spokesman told Patch, after shoppers had lined up at two Foot Locker stores from 4am for the highly-anticipated shoes.

He added that ‘shouting’ crowds outside both stores became ‘unruly’ and police had to escort some shoppers to their cars after they had bought the Nike Air Jordan XI Retro ‘Concord’ shoes.

‘The crowd got a little out of control at both malls, and both malls had to call the police department,’ spokesman Andy Breidenich told Patch. ‘It was a strain on our resources.’

Moving west to Seattle, police used pepper spray on around 20 people to break up fights among pushing and shoving customers waiting outside a mall to buy the shoes.

One man was arrested there for assault after police say he pushed an officer. Authorities said more than 1,000 people lined up to buy shoes at 4am at four stores, which all sold out quickly.

In Atlanta, four people were arrested in a mad dash by customers hoping to purchase a pair of the shoes and up to 20 squad cars responded.

Police said a large crowd broke down a door to get inside before a store opened. Authorities escorted most of the people back outside, but took four into custody.

Officers said they had to break a car window to get two toddlers out after a woman went in after the shoes. They said she was taken into custody when she returned to the car.

Meanwhile in Indianapolis, 1,500 people were waiting for 300 pairs of shoes hours at Castleton Square Mall before they went on sale when police were called by security because of shoving.

Shoppers were throwing things at each other and officers, police told ABC affiliate WRTV. Authorities also had concerns that a glass window on the storefront could break because of the crowd pushing.

‘We were trying to do what we could to make sure that once a person purchased the shoes and left that they were able to make it to their cars safely,’ an Indianapolis Police spokesman told WRTV.

‘I don’t remember anything like this in the recent past at all, definitely not with the iPhone or anything like that,’ another Indianapolis Police spokesman told ABC News.

The front doors of Lafayette Square Mall were broken off their hinges at 7am as shoppers ran inside and several people were knocked over in the mad rush, reported the Indianapolis Star.

‘There was a few people who were on the ground,’ Jazmine Edwards told WRTV. ‘I jumped over them and kept running.’ The Nike shoes were first worn in 1996 when Jordan was with the Chicago Bulls.

‘There were gloves, hats and pieces of clothing everywhere,’ Balint Nagy, 30, told the Indianapolis Star of the manic scene at the Lafayette Square Mall. ‘One guy lost both shoes and went in anyway.’

Over in Charlotte, North Carolina, three malls reported unruly customers and dozens of police officers were called to restore order at Carolina Place Mall in Pineville after fights erupted.

The unrest started at 5am as a crowd of about 200 that had been waiting pushed inside. Women were seen throwing punches. There were also disturbances at SouthPark and Northlake malls. Police at both asked patrons to leave.

‘People were falling,’ Dominique Brewer told NBC affiliate WAFF. ‘I had to jump over a girl, it was crazy.’ But Carolina Place Mall manager Susan Barwick still described the shoe sale as ‘successful’.

The shoes named for Jordan are still generate huge sales years after the retirement of the NBA legend, who now owns the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.

Two malls with Foot Locker stores in Austin, Texas, were shut down on Thursday night at around 10pm when shoppers began pushing each other and police called in backup to control the crowd.

‘People started pushing like crazy and they started spraying mace on us for no reason,’ Jalen Hall told KVUE. ‘Nobody was doing anything bad.’ Police did not confirm the use of pepper spray there.

In Richmond, California, crowds waiting to buy the shoes at the Hilltop Mall were turned away after a gunshot rang out at 7am. No injuries were reported but a suspect, 24, was taken into custody.

There were also reports of Florida police using pepper spray. In Louisville, Kentucky, witnesses said police had to break up around 100 shoppers who were fighting over the shoes at Jefferson Mall.

‘I got the love for the “Js”,’ Brandon Betts told Fox affiliate WRDB. ‘Look at the box. The box is cold. Man it’s crazy in there: people getting run over and security guards getting trampled and stuff.’

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  • Anonymous

    Try as I might I can`t imagine an armed Charles Bronson loitering along the waterfront at night in a pair of Air Jordans…

  • Colonel Taylor

    How soon will it be before these future “Darwin Award Winners” start killing each other over these stupid sneakers?

  • Cliff Yablonski

    The new face of America, get used to it people.

    It’s the same story wherever blacks take over, they form mobs and riot over inconsequential nonsense. Violence and Africans go hand in hand.

  • Canadian White Guy

    Stories like these show just how far we have fallen as a people. Why is this seen as normal? I have lost all hope.

  • Anonymous

    Typical black behaviour. No other race on this planet acts like this over a pair (or pairs?) of shoes. You can take blacks out of Africa, but you can’t take the ‘African’ behaviour out of them.

  • Bryan boru

    A black teenager was stabbed to death in a foot locker store in London today.

  • Tim in Indiana

    The shoes named for Jordan are still generate huge sales years after the retirement of the NBA legend, who now owns the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.

    Blacks have so few people of real accomplishment in their race that they have to engage in hero worship of someone who retired years ago after playing a children’s game for a living.

    Also, many blacks have little sense of honor, decency or decorum when waiting in line, which is why melees like this so often break out.

  • Mike H.

    They’re just like us, they’re just like us!

    When was the last time rednecks broke into a Walmart and trampled several employees to death over Nascar memorabilia?

  • Jim

    Of course the popular media were typically vague in describing the rioters. One major news service disabled the “comments” section beneath the story. We can’t have people discussing this sort of thing openly. That would be raaaaaaaaaaaaaacist!

  • MVSN

    Happens every time some new shoe comes out.

  • Cassiodorus

    Now there’s been a fatal attack over Air Jordans in London. Just charming:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2078702/Fatal-stabbing-Oxford-Street-Boxing-Day-sales.html

  • NBJ

    Now let us sit back and watch for stories in the next few months about “youths” being shot, stabbed or beaten to death for their cool new shoes. How ridiculous to act like wild animals over shoes for heavens sake. I have an eleven year old son, and I won’t pay more than 30 bucks for a pair of sneakers, knowing he’ll out grow them and have them torn apart in 3 months, much like his jeans will have holes in the knees and be an inch too short. But them again, I consider myself a sensible White person.

  • MAJ

    The article makes no mention of the fact that 100% of the low IQ crazies battling over sneakers were black. In a country with a black population of just 13% I would think this is a significant cornerstone to the story.

    I have to (or would like to) assume that most readers know the color of the perps. Yet, no one says a word.

    This, in a way, marks the end of America. It took only 50 years to cripple a superpower – and it came from within. Can you imagine this in 1955?

    Such is the behavior of barbarians. Of uncivilized people propped up and supported by the ongoing lies of a liberal left that unleashed this horror on the United States.

    The tax dollars from those of us still working is now simply going directly to support, from cradle to grave, millions of violent, literally semi-retarded people who could not care at all if the nation collapses.

    Worse, they take the money designed for basic necessities and use it to buy foreign-made shoes, and then riot, causing whites to spend untold sums more policing the mayhem and aftermath.

    This is a shameful coda to the inane, suicidal legislation of the 1960s, and a statement on the cowardice of whites in the face of their own demise.

  • Travis Bickle

    I’m willing to bet a dollar to a donut that a lot of the people buying those overpriced sneakers can hardly afford to fee their families without governemnt help.

  • aj

    And this mayhem is only the start. How many shootings, stabbings and brawls will occur in the days and weeks to come as a result of somebody who got stuck in the back of the line being overcome with uncontrollable envy and deciding to jack someone for their beloved kicks??

    Then there are all the murders and beatings that are bound to occur when somebody accidentally steps on or brushes against one of these amazing shoes, scuffing the gleaming white leather, prompting the wearer to lash out with furious righteous violence.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    To our British brothers and sisters,

    Why in the world did you not heed the obvious warning that any casual observer of American history would have gotten, even tripped over? That of course being the ugly world that we now find ourselves in over here with the increasing black problem. No real sense in reciting how ghastly our lives have become since we freed the blacks from, well, not slavery but societal norms. Shall we tally the wreckage left in the wake of black wilding or is it just too painful, the robberies, the rapes, the murders, the crushing burden of welfare? Before it is too late for you, before too many africans and muslims move to GB, save yourselves. It may be too late for the US or at least too late for us to wrestle with 65 million coloreds bent on destruction. And it is this all from the lesson of watching the mindless droves trampling one and another over what you call trainers, ones for 180usd none the less. And the lesson? What would these same creatures do if hungry or if their monthly welfare stipend were to end?

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who would pay $180.00 (plus tax) for a pair of running shoes is a very foolish person indeed. It never fails to amaze me how blacks arrange their priorities.

  • IndridCold

    Anytime, anywhere there will be large gatherings of blacks there should always be a large contingent of peace officers in place. Why weren’t they already there? They need to be monitored like elementary school children or else they misbehave. This would seem to be common knowledge by now but I guess that falls under that politically correct racial profiling nonsense. Oh well at least we will continue to get these indisputable videos of them embarrassing themselves while the world watches and learns.

  • Alexandra

    Wait until welfare is cut off.

  • Anonymous

    What brand of shoes do White Americans riot over? Oh yeah, none… (But there is no difference between races, you know.)

  • Madison Grant

    You can take the Africans out of the jungle but you can’t take the jungle out of the Africans.

  • Anonymous

    As America becomes increasing a Multiracial, and a Muilticultural Society, this madness will be become

    commonplace, and the norm.

    It is happening in other places, but it is not reported

    in the news.

  • jojo

    I wish I could say I was surprised… and what interesting grammar.

  • Anonymous

    It’s those “youths”…

  • Jim

    Is this even news anymore? I thought it was the new normal.

  • Doug

    My memory is getting worse as I get older, I cannot seem to remember such enthusiam from the communities when a job or jobs opened up.

    Must be me.

  • Andrew Neather

    If any executive from the Kentucky Fried Chicken company happens, for whatever reason, to chance upon this site, then please for the love of God, promise never but never to institute a free fried chicken and party bucket distribution.

  • Guilty Liberal

    Nike will now be a company whose products I will avoid. Not because I have any particular demands of them, but because I object to what they’re doing on many levels, and nothing they sell is of any use to any serious person.

  • Kenelm Digby

    Just imagine, if you will, that this current economic crisis takes a turn for the worse.Imagine that food stamps become unaffordable due to IMF mandated cut-backs (this has happened to other nations in recent times), imagine a total dollar collapse, and Chinese purchasing power driving up the price of food, oil and other commodities sky-high.

    Unthinkable?, well the economic events of the past 5 years tell us not.

    Makes the ‘Air Jordan’ riots look like the proverbial vicarage tea party in comparison.

  • Dave

    Look at these posts and all from the same person. Obviously s/he doesn’t like white people very much. Wonder why she chooses to live in Britain. Even if it is Londonistan.

    Funnily enough I hardly ever manage to get even one post printed on that site.

    And the Daily Mail would never allow a post in print if it was from white people using terms like ‘your black hands’ and ‘you people.’ And ‘this is why we have issues with you lot.’

    QUOTE:

    Nobody said anything when grown white adults were running about causing havoc over Teletubies, Power Rangers, Tweenies, Harry Potter merchandise. Stop being hypocrites, its never the same or reported the same when its you people is it. Go make a cuppa and calm yourselves down.

    – kelki, london, 24/12/2011 17:10

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    RED ARROW me all you like but you all know its true, stop being hypocrites. Grown adults were fighting each other over those Teletubbie, Power Ranger Tweenie, Harry Potter merchandice. We all remember the stories on the news. This is why we have issues with you lot.

    – kikii, london, 24/12/2011 17:25

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    Nobody said anything when grown white adults were running about causing havoc over Teletubies, Power Rangers, Tweenies, Harry Potter merchandise. Stop being hypocrites, its never the same or reported the same when its you people is it. Go make a cuppa and calm yourselves down.

    – kelki, london, 24/12/2011 17:11

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    Nobody said anything when grown white adults were running about causing havoc over Teletubies, Power Rangers, Tweenies, Harry Potter merchandise. Stop being hypocrites, its never the same or reported the same when its you people is it. Go make a cuppa and calm yourselves down.

    – kelki, london, 24/12/2011 16:59

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    RED ARROW me all you like but you all know its true, stop being hypocrites. Grown adults were fighting each other, pulling down shelves, destroying the stores over those Teletubbie, Power Ranger, Tweenie, Harry Potter merchandice. We all remember the stories on the news. This is why we have issues with you lot and you say we have a chip on our shoulder. Think about it. Before you judge others make sure your white hands are clean

    – kikii, london, 24/12/2011 17:33

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    Nobody said anything when grown white adults were running about causing havoc over Teletubies, Power Rangers, Tweenies, Harry Potter merchandise. Stop being hypocrites, its never the same or reported the same when its you people is it. Go make a cuppa and calm yourselves down.

    – kelki, london, 24/12/2011 17:10

    Click to rate Rating 68Report abuse

    Nobody said anything when grown white adults were running about causing havoc over Teletubies, Power Rangers, Tweenies, Harry Potter merchandise. Stop being hypocrites, its never the same or reported the same when its you people is it. Go make a cuppa and calm yourselves down.

    – kelki, london, 24/12/2011 17:10

    Click to rate Rating 67Report abuse

    Nobody said anything when grown white adults were running about causing havoc over Teletubies, Power Rangers, Tweenies, Harry Potter merchandise. Stop being hypocrites, its never the same or reported the same when its you people is it. Go make a cuppa and calm yourselves down.

    – kelki, london, 24/12/2011 17:10

  • José Vasconcelos

    I submitted a larger question about this item to the Daily Mail editors:

    Why is it that so often one has to access foreign MSM news sources in order to get an explicit, accurate and comprehensive reporting of the madness going on in this country?

    Ain’t nuthin’ goin’ on here, y’all jus’ keep movin’ along. Just some more “teens” celebrating the holidays.

    ______________________________________________

    Now let’s see if they publish it. If any readers can find a major MSM news source in this country that has published an article that pre-dates this Daily Mail article and approaches the explicit graphic level of compendium-like completeness of same, please advise.

    Note also that the Daily Mail shut down reader comments after #169 and only left about eight up for viewing.

  • Anon

    When incidents like this occur regarding blacks, I can’t help wondering what other people think. My first thought is crazy blacks. Crime, single parenthood, dismal levels of education, none of that matters, but put some shoes on sale and they go crazy. Can someone explain?

  • cpascal

    Despite being the poorest people in America, blacks think nothing of paying $180 for a pair of sneakers. If there are riots outside the stores which sell the shoes, it’s no wonder that many businesses don’t want to open stores in black neighborhoods. And it wouldn’t be safe to wear the shoes anywhere, because the next thing we’ll be hearing is that the owners are being beat up over them.

  • BAW

    If people are doing this sort of thing for a pair of 15 year old basketball shoes, imagine what would happen if it was food, water, or medicine in short supply!

  • Jeddermann.

    “People were fighting”. People! That needs to be clarified.

    And $180 per pair of shoes? I have never paid that amount for a pair of shoes ever and never would.

    And WHERE exactly do these poverty stricken folks in a time of great need get that sort of money to pay FOR A PAIR OF SHOES?

    Wait your turn now ya’ll!

  • Proudtobewhite

    They don’t call it Black Friday for nothing…

    It’s good to know all that welfare money is going to something blacks really need to survive, like $180 b-ball dogs…

  • BO_Bill

    For cpascal; Man beaten up over for wearing $200 Nikes earlier this month. Has shoes removed, and is then beaten with them. Nine college scholars in on this one:

    http://goo.gl/6Pqqg

  • Anonymous

    All that so people can have the ‘privilege’ of paying $180 for what looks like a pair of clown shoes? I’m sure many people of better financial means would think twice before spending half that on a pair of shoes.

  • Concerned

    I agree with the earlier post. If these people will fight, assault and even kill over a pair of sneakers, what would they do if their welfare or food stamps were curtailed. How would the average person defend themselves against these people? The answer is they couldn’t, unless armed.

  • Dan

    What is interesting to me, in the first place, is the adulation given to a nonentity whose only accomplishment in life is an ability to throw a rubber ball around and leap into the air. The fact that such creatures, descended from the Ubangi tribes (this is not meant as sarcasm; it is merely a correct anthropological observation) are seven feet tall and are able to put that rubber ball into a hoop that is not terribly high is hardly something for anyone to hold in high esteem. To call someone like Mr Jordan “a great athlete” is to abuse the English language. Yet in our “bread and circuses” country the ability to dance a ball around on some field somewhere is considered as a form of “greatness”, and a great marketing tool for corporate pirates like Nike, et al. It is ludicrous.

    This misguided admiration, coupled with a natural tendency among certain groups to act abominably at nearly any provocation, is a large part of what’s behind this insanity to buy a pair of tennis shoes which, if nothing else, will stink to high heaven within about two weeks of them being worn.

    Not only does this whole incident sicken me, but the whole aura of “professional” sports and the subsequent enthusing over the repulsive “athletes” who play in them also sickens me.

  • Huha

    Amazing. Even if you strictly look at this from a marketing department’s demographic perspective–your key demographic is still “African American.” The video shows one lady saying it was worth the (being trampled on) bother just to get the shoes.

    We now know what their priorities are.

  • Sonya

    The mother’s comment was priceless. She is willing to brave the mobs in order to get her children “what they need”.

  • Spectator

    Nothing new under the sun. It is highly instructive that they rioted for the same foolish reason in widely separate locales. It is also noteworthy that blacks (actually brown) often mug for coats, shoes etc. The joy of diversity continues! Yowsa.

  • Michael C. Scott

    If I have this straight, the “poor” are stabbing and shooting each other over the right to spend $180 on flimsy Chinese athletic shoes, in the middle of a major recession, rather than saving their money against the possibility that the economy will get even worse.

    Since 2011 was a year of rough weather, what happens if another year of too much rain in some places and not enough rain in others continues to hurt crops and jacks up food prices even higher?

  • Anonymous

    The White mans burden, until the end of time.

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a13_1324665808

    If anyone who purchased these shoes in on guv’mint assistance, it should be cut off immediately!

  • Anonymous

    A Dan Gable is a far greater athlete than a Michael Jordan. And how about the time Alexander Medved did a saltou on 500 lb. Chris Talor in the 1972 Olympic games http://www.flowrestling.org/coverage/66-1972-Olympics/video/4389-Chris-Taylor-USA-vs-Alexander-Medved-USSR. Heavyweight wrestling matches can be slow, especially when one of them weighs 500 lbs., but this is worth the wait!

    How about how Dan Gable walked all over his Russian and other opponents in the 1972 olympics.

    If the basketball barbarians started taking a poke at those guys they would have suplexed them right on to their tiny little Afrikan heads, kind of like Asian guy Cung Le does to Mohammed Keita here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r55mxK2xKc! Their tiny little brains would have been jarred. Poor Mohammed is getting tossed around like a rag-doll!

    A panel of sports scientists once did a study of which athletes are the greatest all-round athletes in the world. Who won? The wrestlers and they are usually white!

    I doubt that Michael Jordan couldn’t have ever hacked getting through a wrestling season. Getting tall on wellfare money and “affirmative” action donated by whites, like most black basketball players, is not the same as achieving greatness as an athlete. And how about that time that the all-pro Olympic team got trounced by all-white foreign ammateurs? Affirmative action in action!

  • Anonymous

    Another Nikes is Nikes moment.

    Even Spielberg knows it on some level, even through the Hollywood fog.

    Check out “Gremlins” which tells it like it is.

  • thoughtcrime

    The reason why these shoes caused such a ruckus is not just because the American black has become zealously materialistic (as they think it makes them a little closer to the social status of Whites), but is because the rumor was started that these shoes allow you to outrun police.

    Considering that manner on the police force are A) grossly overweight and B) black, the rumor has some merit.

    We Whites shouldn’t be surprised by this type of behavior over something as silly as footwear. Remember they are not capable of making any decisions, social, criminal, fiscal, educational etc etc that will ever truly impart to them any real semblance of civility.

  • Shawn (the female)

    Over Christmas, in Atlanta one black ‘youth’ shot & killed another black ‘youth’ over a piece of candy. Cross my heart.

    As a side note, I’ve never owned – nor desired – a $180 pair of shoes. Nor would I have the money to buy them if I did want them.

    The next act will be seeing how many of them chillens who ‘needed them’ get shot for them while they be on they feet.

  • Question Diversity

    It starts:

    http://goo.gl/Uh1LE

    The first robbery of these kind of shoes, or at least the first that made news that reached my eyes.

  • jdavis

    Easily the majority of money paying for these “clown shoes” has some taxpayer involvement. Without taxpayer contributions these same people would be robbing your for real at the corner or in your home.

    Is it racist to be a realist? To acknowledge and be ready to face an enemy isn’t racist, its survival instinct. What a bunch of lowlife fools…I’m going to regurgitate now and then pray for my grandchildren.

  • Frank Galton

    José Vasconcelos

    “Note also that the Daily Mail shut down reader comments after #169 and only left about eight up for viewing.”

    Don’t waste your time posting comments on the Daily Mail website. If you want to post comments on a British “news”paper’s website then try the Daily Telegraph’s website – they use the ‘DISQUS’ comments system. If they delete/moderate your comments or stop you from commenting (via your email address) you can just delete your account at DISQUS, create the account again and repost (use mailinator to create as many email addresses as you want: http://mailinator.com/).

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Is there any method we could use to induce sterilization for a free pair of Air Jordans? Maybe a rumor could be spread about Air Jordans…that they make black men infertile, just like Church’s Fried Chicken does?

  • Peejay in Frisco

    They are insane about the shoes because they are named after one of their heroes, Michael Jordan, and because he is black.

  • Frank

    I’m just curious as to what level of barbarity these people will clime to when there are food shortages.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I can say that when you are 15 years old and your Grandma is 47 and you live with her … you just do not have a chance, more coping skills should be taught to these wonderful humans. I am certain that when whites see these shoes at the job interview he would be takenaback NOT to hire the young man. Idiots. Also, friends, you need to watch out for Cricket Cellphone stores to start going up in your neighborhoods. Call everyone you know. This place attracts all the top College bound young men from the inner city to your neighborhoods. Be safe.

  • Question Diversity

    58 Anonymous:

    Bingo. I used to think that the check cashing joint opening where the fast feeder used to be was the foreboding sign of impending ghetto. The Grim Reaper, if you will. Now that you mention it, I think the pre-paid cell providers, including Cricket and Boost (Boost’s marketing tagline was “Where You At?,” the fluent Ebonics there should be a dead giveaway), might be an even better leading indicator.

  • kersey you old african. I FOUND YOU

    blacks should just form their own little societies away from other races where they can destroy and brutalize each other because people are disgusted with them and sick of their depraived lifestyle.

    get back to where you once belonged. get back keyontae

  • Heath Stephens

    In my opinion it is spectacles such as this that will forever keep welfare rite where it is. Can you imagine the mayhem here the day we brought an end to welfare? It would be a mass slaughter of anyone who wasnt black.

  • Uncle Bob

    Every people needs to have its cultural identity. This is the one of blacks. Whites (at least in the States) appear to be the only group not allowed to have one.

  • Laager

    America – consider yourselves lucky

    In South Africa if there is a problem with a train, or if a commuter train is late the 70 IQs torch the train or the late commuter train when it finally arrives.

    http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2009/07/angry-passengers-torch-train-in-free.html

    This is what is heading your way.

    Prepare for armageddon

    Buy shares in Nike

    Encourage the Nike marketing department to manufacture more retro product models at @ $200 a pop.

  • Lorin

    In 1989, the Army relaxed it’s uniform requirements for boots worn with the uniform. I immediately bought the warmest, best constructed boots that met the official requirements. They cost $300.00.

    At the time I was stationed in the Bavarian Alps and my job often required me to be exposed to sub- zero temperatures for hours.

    These made all the difference in the world to my comfort and safety and was the most intelligent decision about footwear the military had ever made up to the point in time.

    Now, I’m retired, work in an office and would never dream of spending that amount of money for shoes.

  • Anonymous

    The self esteem of many African Americans boils down to the invention of basketball by a white guy James Naismith.

    They have to thank the white race even for that.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who would pay $180.00 (plus tax) for a pair of running shoes is a very foolish person indeed. It never fails to amaze me how blacks arrange their priorities.

    I might buy paying $180 if one were training for marathons, or even running for health reasons. Is that why people are buying Nikes?