Failing College Demands Ridiculous Apology from Nike

 

Meme: Racism is so American that when you protest IT (racism) people think you’re protesting America.

23.5% of Truett – McConnell University graduates finish within six years.[i]  The rest – don’t finish at all.  Truett – McConnell has an excessively high transfer rate and an excessively low graduation rate for four-year bachelor’s degree.  In 2013, the traditional graduation rate for the small christian college was only 13%.  That means 87% of the young minds that enter the institution are not successful. Time Magazine called the school a drop out factory.[ii]

You would think with graduation rates like that – this small private school in rural Georgia would have stopped wearing Nikes a long time ago to focus on education.  But alas, the president of this private institution made an announcement that they would discontinue their relationship with Nike.  Sounds like good news for the parents who shell out $27,000 in tuition and fees per year.  That extra space in the book store could be used for the books necessary to graduate on time.

In his Facebook post announcing his decision to stop Nike sales on campus, President Canor made it clear he knew that Colin Kaepernick’s protest was an effort to speak out against excessive force by law enforcement.  Rather than focus on a point we can all agree on — i.e. bad cops make good cops look bad, the president of this small university decided to jump on the Trump bandwagon of division.

The great American writer James Baldwin said it best, “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”  How can one wear a #MAGA hat, which infers America is not great now, yet be upset with Colin Kaepernick for kneeling because he does not believe America has reached it’s greatness for all citizens yet?  Why is it #MAGA and self-proclaimed deplorables get to determine which parts of America can be criticized and where such criticism is allowed.

Let us not forget, for months the President has been complaining about the Mueller investigation claiming they have gone too far.  Hello —- that is law enforcement using their power and exhibiting more force than necessary according to President Trump.  Except when an excessive amount of force is used against common citizens someone may end up dead.

Hopefully, when Americans who have tried to ignore the issue of excessive force get tired of boycotting the NFL, Nike, and Kaepernick they will finally be willing to talk about one of the last brutal vestiges of our history.  There is no running from it.  You are only delaying the inevitable.  Think about it.  If people are dying from unlawful use of force do you think people are just going to shrug their shoulders and forget about it?

Let’s spend less time talking how one chooses to bring attention to the issue of excessive force and come together to create real solutions to the issue itself.  However, protest is the right of the Truett McConnell University president as it is the right of Colin Kaepernick.  I won’t dare tell someone how and when they should protest as that is the exact opposite of the point of a protest.  But I am all too happy to point out the inherent hypocrisy in their protest.

I have a word or two for anyone preparing to complain about respect for the veterans and the flag …. WE KNOW!  We all know that you know this issue has nothing to do with the flag.  We all know that you know the idea to kneel was suggested by a veteran.  We all know that you know in America, kneeling has always been the ultimate sign of respect.  I am sure at Truett McConnell University they kneel for prayer in church.  I’m sure at Truett McConnell University if one of their players, who no longer wear Nike, gets hurt while playing a sport the entire team kneels.  We know that this anger at Colin, Nike, and the NFL are all manufactured outrage to avoid addressing an uncomfortable topic. WE KNOW!


We know that you know ….


Some of us will keep bringing up this issue whether you burn your toes off or not.  We will continue to fight for Kenneth Chamberlin Sr. the retired Marine who was shot in his home by White Plains police in 2011.[iii] We will continue to kneel for James Erik Washington, the Navy veteran shot by Portland law enforcement in June of this year.[iv] [v] [vi] [vii] [viii] [ix] Because if it is truly about respecting veterans then let’s respect ALL veterans as they are dying at the hands of excessive force as well.

Some of us will continue to annoy you with kneeling, fist in the air, and nonstop talking about this issue in support of those GREAT cops whose jobs are made harder because of those few bad cops out there.  Someone reading this is going to say, “why not focus on crime in Chicago?”  The answer is simple, for the same reason the president of Truett McConnell is not focusing on his graduation rate instead of his team apparel.

P.S. If you are discussing Nike, burning Ford Trucks, or otherwise outwardly boycotting anything else that supports Colin YOU ARE DOING EXACTLY WHAT THE KNEELING WAS INTENDED TO MAKE YOU DO!  You are keeping the discussion alive long enough for those of us who care to pressure our local governments into fixing this longstanding issue.  Each time one of you complain about Nike you give someone like me the chance to remind you this is about excessive force.

Kneel with me people and say out loud the names of the veterans who died at the hands of law enforcement – let us stop dividing and rather combine our concerns for them.  John Wrana, Richard Black, Anthony Hill, Elliot Williams, Jason Erik Washington, Arminder Singh Shergill …. and many more not included.

 

[i] https://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/truett-mcconnell-college/academic-life/graduation-and-retention/

[ii] http://time.com/money/2891693/dropout-factories-diploma-mills/

[iii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Kenneth_Chamberlain_Sr.

[iv] http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-john-wrana-textbook-police-force-case-kass-0111-20150111-column.html

[v] https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/08/03/vietnam-vet-killed-by-police-may-not-have-heard-orders-to-drop-his-gun-chief-says/

[vi] https://www.myajc.com/news/crime–law/will-judge-drop-charges-against-dekalb-cop-who-killed-naked-veteran/ZcqxdTsII8ebDX4TgxoikK/

[vii] https://www.thedailybeast.com/cops-taunted-black-veteran-as-he-died

[viii] https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/07/03/navy-veteran-killed-campus-police-had-concealed-gun-permit.html

[ix] https://apnews.com/fd7408e46eb34ebbb8ad3f51f00b01ae

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armanidog
armanidog

I agree with your article. Truett McConnell university is run by the Georgia Baptist Convention and is a very conservative institution. Killings of individuals by cops has steadily increased in the last ten years. Wikipedia has killings by cops listed and 2009 had 73. So far 2018 has 356. Bad training? Prevalence of guns making cops more fearful? More lethal firearms carried by cops? More meth heads on the street? I do not know. 161 cops were killed in the line of duty in 2010. 73 so far as of June 2018. 133 were killed in 2017. So cop killings… Read more »

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Isnt the murder rate a far larger problem than just for cops? What are the stats of black on black crime? Minority on minority crime? White on white crime? What are the stats on illegal alien crimes? Aren’t all killings bad? Or just the ones that gin up votes and the most hatred? A way to pass the buck. Does anyone want to argue race relations and opportunities for everyone are not light years better year after year? Of course one party does not want that to improve. They lose votes if it does. You cant even say the N… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Why did he break tradition and not keep his trap shut like every other ex- president?
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Teddy Roosevelt called Taft a “fat head.” Hoover was a vocal and outspoken critic of FDR. Eisenhower publicly criticized Kennedy. Carter publicly criticized George W. Bush. There is no “tradition.”
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As for the rest of your post, protesting police officers shooting unarmed black men and black children does not mean one doesn’t also care about reducing crime in general. The ideas aren’t mutually exclusive.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Even if no other ex-Pres. had ever done so before, it could just be considered breaking new ground- someone who disrupts things to get things done, perhaps. Regardless, it certainly doesn’t justify such a disrespectful “Shut up and dribble” comment.
And, btw, DTM, this is not a politically-manufactured crisis. You want the issue to go away- be part of the solution. Or shut your trap, and let the adults handle it.

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

“You cant even say the N word today without being attacked, ridiculed or thrown out of office.”

Granted your whole post is what-about-ism and verbal diarrhea, it was nice to see you really let your true self shine through in that one sentence. Your faux qualifier after the sentence didn’t really take away from the meat of what you’re trying to say. So just keep on keepin on man.

Noway2016
Noway2016

” what-about-ism”.
Meaning pointing out Lib Hypocrisy. Like Holy Water to Dracula!! Watching yall recoil is hysterical!

And regarding the “N” word, why is it that Blacks can use that word multiple time in a sentence when addressing each other? Is it not a slur when they use it? Help me out…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“Oh so rappers can say it all the time, but when I use the word TWICE to the waiter they ask me to leave the Cheesecake Factory.” — Noway2016
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Incredibly well said response, LBJ. I’m sure it will receive the dignified and nuanced consideration Noway is known for.

Noway2016
Noway2016

LMAO!! Great non-answer LaDawn!! Simple Question, really! Why can black folks use it with abandon ? The word is abhorrent! Try again…

bethebalance
bethebalance

OK, Noway, first, it’s clear that you asked the question disingenuously— that you weren’t really looking for an answer, but only have your own “right” answer in mind. In that case, don’t insult anyone by pretending you even care. Second- LaDawn provided a perfectly good answer. Did you watch the video? Because it also provides answers. Third, if you had watched the video, the answer LaDawn is endorsing is that Africans-Americans can use it because it is embedded in the context of their community relationships. I.e. within that relationship, and within the right contexts, it won’t be considered abhorrent. Of… Read more »

armanidog
armanidog

@DTM
Why do you not look on the web and find out the answers to your questions? Lazy?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“Does anyone want to argue race relations and opportunities for everyone are not light years better year after year? ”
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Enormous progress yes, but much yet to be done. We happen to currently be in a one-step back phase, an argument better had with my dining room table.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Sez you…

chamblee54
chamblee54

Here is a response to the TPC video. https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/about-that-ta-nehisi-coates-video/
I am tired of the kneeler controversy. Both sides are right. Police should not kill unarmed black people. The flag, and the national anthem should be respected. Just because you intend a gesture to mean something does not mean people are not going to be offended for different reasons.
But above all, I am tired of Nike. The controversy was quieting down, when Nike fired it up again. Nike is making an existing conflict worse to sell shoes.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Both sides are right. Police should not kill unarmed black people. The flag, and the national anthem should be respected. . You’re drastically oversimplifying the “sides” in this debate. This isn’t about respecting the flag, it’s about telling people to be quiet about an issue that makes white folks uncomfortable. If “respecting the flag” required football players to stand on the sideline with their hands over their hearts, UGA wouldn’t be spending that time in the locker room getting taped up or receiving final game plan instructions. It’s a gimmick, not a sacred cultural institution. It’s a vestige of Cold… Read more »

chamblee54
chamblee54

Here we get into the intention vs result dilemma.
My intent in posting was to link to a blog post. The post was a response to a preposterous video made by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
According to WordPress, nobody has looked at that post. Fair enough.
A short comment, expressing weariness about a manufactured controversy, gets a response. These responses display the same facebook logic that is a feature of such discussions.

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

Sooooo you’re miffed that no one went to your blog and instead commented on the post that brung em?…

Indypendant
Indypendant

“Oh so rappers can say it all the time, but when I use the word TWICE to the waiter they ask me to leave the Cheesecake Factory.” — Noway2016

Noway2016
Noway2016

First if all, those were not my words. Those were a made up quote by Drew. For what reason, I don’t know. He’s insinuating that I said that quote. It is a lie.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Blacks use the N word with troubling regularity. That was my point. I never said that word in Snivler’s Cheezecake example of anywhere else.

Benevolus
Benevolus

You say you don’t use that word. So why does it concern you that blacks sometimes use the word?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Because the word is repugnant when used by anyone. Or it should be. Give a listen to Will Smith in the “Reggie” scene in Bad Boys 2…. Nobody says a word.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Someone seems awfully defensive and testy.
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I haven’t seen Noway this upset since the time he asked to see a manager and the manager was also black.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Testy because you made up a fictitious quote supposedly said by me. All anyone has to see that you’re a slanderous liar is to scroll up a few lines and see for themselves. You’re a desperate man who can’t come to grips with 2016. So, it’s name calling to the extreme. You’re a piece of garbage, Drew and everyone who has read your posts here knows it. Even those on the other side can look for themselves and see that un this instance, you’re a deliberate liar. And no one is surprised.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Other folks seemed to have gotten a good chuckle. I thought you were the guy with an amazing sense of humor?

Caroline
Caroline

It’s about boundaries and respecting them. My children can call me Mom but you may not. Understand?

bethebalance
bethebalance

I nominate Noway to be the adjudicator of what anyone else can say to anyone else. and whether they should then be offended or not.

Caroline
Caroline

Well, Noway like most conservatives is authoritarian.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Caroline, who called you mom? I don’t have time to read through all of these threads. That seems a bit to familiar in my opinion. Now Andrew seems to think me and NOWAY aint got 20 years left between us but at least he didn’t call me dad or Gramps!

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

For God’s sake, get over yourselves!!
Noway, you cannot talk sense to some people. As John Heywood said in 1546, “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” That holds true today more than ever.

Gregs
Gregs

A bunch of angry white men violated the law by defiantly dumping some tea that didn’t belong to them into a harbor. This unlawful and unpatriotic act pissed off the King and started a war.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Right Gregs. It sounds like the lib’s are so pissed the we American taxpayers can actually keep a few more sheckles in our paychecks that they now want to steal that back from all of us! Amazing isnt it? I would think the same Washington libs may drive us so batty that we may want to flee America and go back and take over England. We fled across the ocean to get away from them once before, now they came over here, screw up America and may drive us back across the ocean to get away from them once again.… Read more »

Gregs
Gregs

One man’s patriot is another’s criminal traitor. It’s all about who writes the narrative. #boycotttombrady, #boycotttheteaparty!, #deportrobertkraft