Service to others is the rent we pay for living. –Marian Wright Edelman

Nike’s Air Jordan XI’s debut sparked a herd of hellions to stampede to the nearest mall to empty their wallets for an exorbitantly-priced shoe that will be outdated in a few months. Explosions of ugliness ensued in at least five different spots across the country in the form of riots, fights, shots fired, pepper spray and child abandonment — a revolting showcase of ignorance at its mind-boggling worst. People who clamor and fight to buy shoes they can’t afford, which is endorsed by a man whom has never shown interest in his own community, is the apex of stupidity, insanity and, yes, depravity.

Michael Jordan bares a lot of responsibility for these obscene snapshots of imbecility and retarded priorities. Urban children have been killing one another over Jordan attire and memorabilia since the 1980s. Yet, he has not uttered a single syllable to condemn the behavior or offer condolences. He most certainly has never lobbied to make his shoe prices more in line with the demographic that inordinately patronize his products. He just shoves his bloodied hands in his tailored suits, where those collected bundles of Benjamins are, and keeps it pushing towards his next exploitative deal and opportunistic endeavor. Expecting him to voice a word of reason or articulate anything that resembles reason and caring, is like expecting to see water flowing uphill or see a thunderstorm indoors.

Isiah Thomas has put together a black think tank where they are developing stratagem to obliterate the deplorable conditions that afflict African Americans. Magic Johnson made a resolute pledge to build businesses in the black community and employ urbanites and he followed through with it. Michael Jordan will not muddy his hands trying to clean up anything except the dirty money he makes from exploitation here in the U.S. and abroad.

“It’s not in his DNA,” former NBA nemesis Isiah Thomas tried explain to me about Jordan at the American Black Film Festival in South Beach this past summer when I pointed out Jordan’s total disinterest in the very community from which he has amassed millions from in shoe sales. And, actually, Thomas was trying to defend the infamously apolitical Jordan.

Jordan is projected to make a profit of $1 billion, by some media estimates. But not only has Jordan surgically removed himself culturally from any and all things black — he blatantly disrespected a nation of black men who assembled in a show of responsibility during the Million Man March in 1995 — he has never been made to answer for the slave sweat shops that manufacture his Nike shoes. Understand this, people; there is a great reason why the coveted shoes are not made in this country. Here, it is unlawful to work so hard for so little so that someone can live a Bentley lifestyle.

 

Jordan is a ruthless and bloodless opportunist, don’t you forget. He was a “great” friend to O.J. Simpson until ‘The Juice’ got hemmed up in the trial of the century for killing his wife and jump-off lover, and Jordan predictably went scampering to hide in the nearest crack in the wall with roach-like efficiency. Something similar went down after he and Charles Barkley helped “mentor” Tiger Woods into wholesale whoredom and then he, again, got ghost when the lights shined brightly on the Tiger compound on that fateful Thanksgiving evening. In addition to his apathy and callousness towards others in lower tax brackets, Jordan is a friend of convenience, a fairweather friend as Johnny Gill crooned about in the 90s.

Some would say that he doesn’t owe anyone anything. That’s their opinion, and a faulty one at that. Jordan didn’t get where he is by himself. He got to where he is due to his almost preternatural individual determination along with mentors, coaches, loving friends and family, and he subsequently became an intercontinental icon. That means he owes it to the world to plant some seeds of prosperity in the same place where his legend sprouted. And that’s where he has failed miserably.

Sitting idly on the islands of glamor off the money he receives for the sale of his overpriced shoe sales represents the summit of  unconscientiousness. Jordan is Kim Kardashian in drag. A man who lusts after undeserved money and respect, and for people to genuflect at the alter of his legendary career, but who wants nothing to do with the very people whose broken backs he stepped on to hoist himself up to the social strata to where he watches from his enviable perch as the riots unfold for his shoes. Lest we forget, he fought against the very collective bargaining agreement he strong-armed the NBA into while he was a player. The man lost the ability to feel a long time ago, so the ceaseless violence over his apparel acquisition means nothing to him. “Just cut me a check,” his deafening silence tells us. If you get your skull cracked waiting in line for Jordan’s shoes, he will avert his eyes and focus his vision on his mushrooming bank account.

There are five positive things that Jordan could be using some of his extraordinary wealth for. —terry shropshire

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  • Jimmybellis

    Jordan is a typical black guy. A piece of shiit.

    • Terry

      Merry Christmas, Jimmybellis, to you and your hooded friends. 

    • Anonymous

      He’s far from Typical…He was the best in the world and he is a billionaire…And who are you?? A nobody—>> YOUR TYPICAL!!! Merry X-Mas!!

      • Gstone

        He wasn’t shit..But a Lowlife Asshole who shoes cause the Deaths of Hundreds if not thousands through out the Country…never stood for shit in the Black community and Never will…..and who the Fuck Are you????…and uneducated shoe buying asshole who prolly don’t Vote!!!

        • Marvelous

          you can’t blame jordan for the ppl who act like idiots no more than you can blame the maker of a car when a driver drives it like a maniac and kills someone – anyone who wants to blame Jordan is an idiot themselves.

          • Terry

            Marvelous, unlike Jordan, the automakers all have foundations, charities and volunteer organizations that routinely provide people power, equipment and dollars into the community from which they live and make their money. I’ve interviewed them and they all say that since they make so much money off the communities, they should provide some of their resources back to make it a better place. I guess the automakers are idiots as well. 

      • Yeayea91

        Hes not a billionaire …yet 

    • Cooper

      It is obvious that you are an ignorant person, living in a segregated bubble and who does not know very many black people. I am willing to bet you don’t know anyone that does not look like you. It must be sad to be totally ignorant, racist and fearful.  We are living in a global society, why don’t you try to expand your horizons and accept others as we have to accept living in a world with someone as close-minded as you. 

    • Anonymous

      Jimmybellis must have caught his girlfriend pleasing herself to a Jordan poster

      • Anonymous

        I bet JimmyBellis hates to Jordan with his tongue out

    • Randy90th

      Any You Is The Typical Hater Of People Making Mone,Living They Life.Don’t Get Angry Because You Ain’t Got His Kind Of Money & God Blessed Him A Talent For Playing Basketball.

  • Mpbeetz

    Jimmy bells is a typical citizen; deaf, dumb, blind and ignorant.

  • Geezy

    This story is ridiculous…& I’m not even a Jordan fan.  First of all, MJ doesn’t even own “Jordan Brand”…Nike does. He is paid as an endorser of the brand with royalties. He doesn’t make the business decisions.  Secondly, why is it his fault that some choose to buy things they can’t afford??? Ignorant rationale.  I GUARANTEE Jordans aren’t the only thing this group over spends on despite their budget constraints.  & Lastly, Isaiah Thomas is a joke.  Anyone who quotes his womanizing, horrible business practice having a$$ is a dummy too.  See his departure & 12 Million loss in a sexual harassment lawsuit from the NY Knicks as a point of reference. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2007/12/10/ny-knicks-coach-isiah-tho_n_76199.html

    • Terry

      Thank you Geezy, and Merry Christmas! Please continue to think that Jordan doesn’t make any business decisions regarding his shoes. And, yes, I suppose it would be wrong for Jordan to use his celebrity platform to try to bring about positive change. Silly me. 

    • Terry

      Oh, shucks, Geezy, I forgot to add that I shouldn’t have quoted Isiah Thomas, seeing how Jordan is such a great role model when it comes to morality. Sleeping with hundreds of other women outside his marriage and helping to provide Tiger Woods with great mentorship on the houses of ill repute constitutes the type of behavior more suited to your liking. I now see the errors of my ways. I’d better get my act together. SMH. 

      • Reggie-Reg

        Yes, Terry. We are ALL just mind numbed robots under the power and influence of the evil, MJ. Parents have NO role OR responsibility in teaching their children to value things other than those material. The evil MJ stripped the parents of their power and continues to use his supremely evil gift of mind control on hapless, helpless consumers all over the world. MMMMMWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA. What a crock of typical Liberal, Socialist, Utopian bullshit. Here’s two evil words that I’m sure are not in your leftist lexicaon, Terry…PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. And BTW? Why don’t you go out and earn a few hundred million. That way you can rightfully decide what  someone should do with the money they’ve earned. You know, YOUR MONEY. Oh, yeah..and I’m Black. Since that matters.

        • Terry

          Thanks, Reggie-Reg for the ad hominem attacks for simply articulating my opinion. I can’t even motivate myself to respond to such blubbering mass of incoherent mess because you must make sense first. Try again, sir, and this time write slowly and use a thesaurus and dictionary to augment your efforts. 

          • reggie-reg

            Ohhhhhhh, stiging comeback! I’m shattered. You heard me, alright.

          • reggie-reg

            Oh, and thanks for your 47 word “non-response” response.

  • Anonymous

    I love Air Jordan’s…Selling them has made me bundles of cash:))…Thanks Mike!!…Keep getting paid my dark brotha:))))

  • Alexrogersjr

    I totally disagree with the stance taken in this article. How is Jordan to blame for people who are acting like idiots over a pair of shoes? Jordan is a business man, just like Steve Jobs was for Apple, Hilfiger for clothes, and many others who produce products where people are injured and killed over. Why aren’t we holding those people accountable like we hold Jordan accountable? We don’t ask those other people to lower their prices so a “CERTAIN” community of people who support them can buy their products. Why is Jordan held to a different standard than other business people who capitalize off idiotic people who break themselves over a product? We need to wake up as a community of african americans and hold ourselves accountable for our OWN actions, not blame someone else. Jordan is NOT forcing people to buy his shoes! If you don’t like Jordan, don’t buy his products or support him. Plain and simple! He owes nothing to any of us and we don’t owe anything to him either. People CHOOSE to accept the task of being a ROLE MODEL, but we try and force them to be. Wake up people! Jordan is NOT the issue! THE PEOPLE in this society are an issue! Damn Shame! 

    • Anonymous

      Very well stated!!…

    • Terry

      I love your spirit Alexrogersjr. Some people, as you do, believe that we do not owe anyone anything. I agree to disagree. Please reread the quote at the top of the story. Where come from? It was inspired from a God whom I believe made us interdependent people and NOT independent people. We owe this earth to give back which we have taken from it. I owe to help others, just as MLK, Malcolm, Marcus Garvey, Rosa Parks and thousands of others helped me before I was even born. They felt they owed it to me and others to help me and I was not even a thought in my parents mind yet. In fact, without the aforementioned individuals, MJ — whether its Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson or Magic Johnson — would not have ascended to the levels they did and continue to. 

      Alex, I agree: we are all responsible for our own individual actions. But I wonder why most Fortune 500 companies have foundations. As I interview the presidents of these foundations, they all basically say the same thing: they feel they HAVE to give back some of the money that they make from the communities in which they do business and live. And some of them actually mean it. So, Alex, I am not actually holding Jordan to a different standard. I’m actually holding him to the SAME standard as others. Until now, Jordan has refused, and that is his right. God bless him. 

      • Alex Rogers, Jr.

        Good point Terry! I love a good “respectful” debate, so I respect your opinion and stance. Now do I feel Jordan should do a “LITTLE” more for the black community such as former players like Magic Johnson? Absolutely! But what that man does is his choice and I will not judge him for that. He is a GENIUS business man who is capitalizing on his product’s demand just like all of these other companies out here. But in the end, Jordan will have to look in the mirror and be judged by a HIGHER POWER as to what he’s done in his lifetime. As a basketball fan, I will ALWAYS be a Jordan fan! But anything outside of basketball, I will reserve judgement because I really don’t know what he does or has done for his community. Some people are not as flamboyant about their service as others, so who knows what he really does. In the end, I still admire what Jordan has done from a business standpoint because he has shown that NOT all former basketball players are being dumb with their money. Maybe he and Magic should teach these former players like Allen Iverson (BROKE) on how to maximize their investments………..That’s another story!

        • Terry

          Alex … Jordan was the most exciting and charismatic athlete to ever lace up a pair of sneakers. I loved watching him play. And, as far as judging him, well, I refer to what my wise friend said to me one day: “God is the ultimate Judge, and He didn’t appoint me to sit on the jury.”

    • youngj

      The thing is, business men like steve jobs that have companies like apple, they don’t make limited releases that people really feel the need to kill or rob someone over because they will never be able to buy that product again because it was limited. Plus Apple targets a more wealthy demographic (not too many people can go drop 2 grand on a computer) as oppose to Jordan that tends target a more urban environment or ghetto which is more prone to violence and half the people that buy 185 dollar Jordan’s can’t even afford them and the buyers know good and well its the LAST thing they should be spending their money on when they have rent, car payments, their kids etc. I do agree that technically you can’t be held accountable for someone else’s idiotic actions, but when you know the root of the problem and you don’t do anything about it to fix it, then theres some blame on the company there. Which in his case or Nikes case is not making enough shoes, which then leads to violence and chaos. If they did make enough shoes that could sit on store shelves for a week or two instead of selling out that very day, it would TREMENDOUSLY cut down on the violence. Whether you like it or not, until theres more shoes being made theres gonna be violence and the companies are gonna be the ones to blame because their not doing anything to at least to stop some of the problems that happen every time a shoe gets released.

  • http://twitter.com/BFHSNetwork CEO of #teamBFHS

    I have never owned a pair of air jordans- and never will until he at least connects with the buyers of the schools! I have worked in places MJ has visited and trust me- it confirms as to why I haven’t and never will!

    as far as the shooting and killing over his shoes… I do agree with the author that he should do some type of PSA- but that would be to much like right- negative publicity = positive publicity- I guess!

  • Anonymous

    People are ridiculous people go crazy over I-phones and I-pods and some have been killed you didn’t see Steve Jobs saying anything.  People get rob every over the Playstation 3 has a Representative every made a PSA. 

    I honestly am getting tired of people feeling that because the face on the shoe is black they can come up and make ridiculous demands 
    For example the banks issued out “GHETTO LOANS” which were loans with unbelievable high interest. They use the Black churches to push these loans in the community. Now when people went in foreclosure trying to pay back these loans it created a vacant house (breeding spot of drugs addicts ) and lowered the overall market value of these community. Not only did we have to bail out the banks but the banks didn’t credit or slack you debt (yes they were back to putting people out on the streets) the  banks or the Black Churches  didn’t issue an apology PSA

    You don’t need shoes to live but you need a house 

    • http://twitter.com/BFHSNetwork CEO of #teamBFHS

      Steve Jobs.. ain’t one of us- We have to do better, so that we can be better!

  • Raeljackson

    You can’t blame Mike… it isn’t like he changed… matter of fact, maybe you should blame yourself for wasting time worrying or contemplating what Mike should or shouldn’t do.. he damn sure isn’t and you can’t make him

    • Terry

      Realjackson, good point. I do not expect Jordan to suddenly and miraculously change his cultural sensitivities and begin to publicly give back [not just money]. But he is a public figure and therefore subject to admiration and criticism. 

    • Terry

      Realjackson, good point. I do not expect Jordan to suddenly and miraculously change his cultural sensitivities and begin to publicly give back [not just money]. But he is a public figure and therefore subject to admiration and criticism. 

  • Kwame

    Terry Shropshire, stop the hate. If you cared about African Americans, you’d all be marching to Washington to demand reparations for 400 years of slavery, brutalization, segregation, misrepresentation in all forms of media and the de facto segregation that has existed since all the African American leaders were assassinated. Why don’t you complain about the socio-economic conditions that made urban children care more about Jordans than education instead of complaining about the greatest baller to ever live. And by the way, these shoes were first introduced in 1995, so your assertion that they’ll be out of date in a few months is completely ridiculous. In 10 years, they’ll be even more popular. Do some research before you write your next pile of sh*t.

     You make me f*cking sick.

    • Terry

      Well, let me write some more stuff that will give you the runs, Kwame. 

    • Anonymous

      I would say slavery reparations have been paid in full above and beyond with welfare, section 8 and all of the other government handouts that “your people” end up with, Kwame.  Slavery has been over for almost 150 years, how long does it take for “your people” to get their act together and contribute to society instead of being a parasite and only taking. 

      You are a moron and should be sterilized pronto.

      • Terry

        NotThatGuy, I’m not that guy either. Sterilization would not prevent me from piecing together a critique of your gods whom you place in a church window because you think he is faultless and infallible. 

  • BC

    Michael Jordan did not start those riots and is not causing  the urban community to kill each other over them. IGNORANT PEOPLE ARE!!  All he is doing is running a business just like any other NBA player with a shoe. He did not tell people to go out and fight over a shoe nor did he tell people to go and spend money that they don’t have! Any person with common sense would realize that. If this author knew anything about the Jordan brand he would know that because Jordan is affiliated with Nike, Nike sets the prices for Jordan NOT MICHAEL JORDAN. How is he not giving back to his community when he’s given millions to the United Negro College Fund, The Boys and Girls Club of America, the special olympics and various charities in Chicago? This article is just complete garbage by someone who is obvioiulsy a straight up hater.

    • Terry

      BC, giving back is not throwing money at something as if he is at the crap table, which he is also good at doing. No, giving back means investing emotional and physical capital into something to help something grow and expand. If all you are doing is tossing Benjamins at a charity or foundation, is it really giving when you can get some or most of it back as a tax deductible write off? I’m just asking. Foundations and charities and nonprofit organizations need the ends, to be sure, but most will tell you that they need “people” capital just as much, if not more. 

    • Terry

      BC, giving back is not throwing money at something as if he is at the crap table, which he is also good at doing. No, giving back means investing emotional and physical capital into something to help something grow and expand. If all you are doing is tossing Benjamins at a charity or foundation, is it really giving when you can get some or most of it back as a tax deductible write off? I’m just asking. Foundations and charities and nonprofit organizations need the ends, to be sure, but most will tell you that they need “people” capital just as much, if not more. 

  • Inexplicable007

    BRAVO to the writer of this article! Extremely well written and a powerful message, I wish these young people could/will VIBE with it.

  • Lewistutt29

    Humans thats saying they don’t agree with the article , if you really read the & understand what the writer is talking about then you will get the message what he/ she is trying explain. It’s not about the blame, it’s about all humans wasting there money $400Jordan’s that most cant really afford just to money in his pocket & let me remind it was deaths over his CONCORDS & he knows about it the most the man can do is make speach & send his condolence to family or even say thank you to my fans for sticking by my side through the Nba & also thank for supporting me buying my sneakers.But it’s know one fought that it’s violence over his shoes it’s the principle of the article & it’s really ashame because most of the is black on black crime & I’m black & that’s ashame forreal when is it going to stop. P.S I LOVE THE ARTICLE IT WAS VERY MEANINGFUL.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ReneetheG Renee Gardner

      the shoes aren’t $400

      • Terry

        The exact price of the shoes is really inconsequential here Renee. We are talking about people who exhibited idiocy on national TV and for a man who continues to horde his takings from the earth that has been so good to him without helping to plant a harvest for others to benefit from as he had. That is the point here. 

  • http://twitter.com/DreddedDeuce Aitch Cee

    Wait… Let’s use our minds here and think:

    1. Nobody put a gun to their heads and make them go out and put a gun to someone’s heads to rob them

    2. Who are we, and for the most part the writer who really didn’t do a whole lot of of homework on the charities that Jordan donates to, to tell someone what they MUST do with their products and money made when they hit the market.

    3. Is Mr. Shropeshire willing to write and ask the same biased and hard hitting questions in reference to Steve Jobs and the iPhone and iPad and the shops in China that made them? What about all of the extra time required by their employees are made to work when the products are released which just skirt US labor laws? Hell, Steve Jobs was KNOWN not to give to charities.  What about Bill Gates and the people who fought tooth and nail for the past 8 or 9 years fo the Xbox and Xbox 360? The creators of Nintendo’s Wii, which back in 2007 a woman drank enough water to kill herself just to win one? did anyone hold the Nintendo Corporation responsible?

    Before you write a biased article like this one, you may want to look at any and all people who produce a desired consumable that people will fight and kill over and make sure you include them in your comparisons as well.

    • Terry

      Aitch Cee, I’m going out on a limb here, but I can almost assure that Apple has foundations and a volunteer arm of the corporation that gives back to the community in both dollars and people power, as you can read via this link: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=273603. Therefore, Steve Jobs and his folks were indeed trying to be responsible corporate neighbors. 

      As far as Isiah Thomas is concerned, yes, his sexual scandal was unfortunate. But if we disqualified all individuals who were involved in some sort of sexual impropriety, then we’d have to tear down the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington DC because of his well-documented extramarital affairs. We’d also have to erase Malcolm X out of the history books because he was an admitted whore and pimp when he was Malcolm Little prior to his religious conversion. And I could on and on. Human frailties do not invalidate the individual’s desire and right to make positive contributions to humanity. Despite his faults, Thomas is trying to do right by us. 

      • reggie-reg

        Wrong again Terry. When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1995 THE FIRST thing he did was disband all foundations and “charitable Giving” He said and I quote. “We are not about to be giving away money while we’re losing it hand over fist”. And guess what T? When Apple became profitable again, he STILL didnt give any more moey away. G’head, look it up! You see Jobs believed that his contribution to society was changing the entire world and the way they communicate, increasing creativity and productivity with the Mac Book, and giving others a chance to do for themselves via the things he created. But, like a typical leftist, you think that people are obligated to give away their hard earned money to people who dont work for it. You know “giving back”. Pathetic,

        • Terry

          Reggie-reg, thanks for your research and information. But I believe in a God who commands us not to give hard-earned money away to people to didn’t deserve it, but to be of service to people who are less fortunate. If you equate philanthropy and activism as giving money away, then I feel sorry for you and your level of thinking. Tony Robbins, the legendary inspirational speaker, said you can never be happy if you only live for yourself. Never. As far as Steve Jobs, he was wrong for disbanding the foundation for trying to help people as he was helped in his career. No one gets anywhere in life by themselves, and that includes Michael Jordan and Steve Jobs and even you. 

          Please reread the opening quote, Reggie. It says nothing about giving all your money away. So, therefore, you are wrong again. Happy New Year!

          • reggie-reg

            Uh-huh. RIght. You “activists” are only interested in keeping poor people poor, and dumb people dumb. You poverty pimps cloaked in activism keep selling the idea that Black people are too stupid to think for themselves or be responsible for their own actions. Your “activism” relies on extortion or the makers for handout to the takers. Always has been always will be. BTW? If Foundations were about “God’s command of giving” or whatever, there would’nt need to be a TAX BREAK attached to get people to do it. I’m sure you’ve got your greedy little hands out for whatever the achievers make back from the all powerful Savior government as well. Yup, that’s right greedy. You see, contrary to the belief of the “activist”, GREED is not the desire to keep what you’ve earned. It’s the desire to TAKE that which you haven’t by means of extortion. Ahhhhhhh, happy New Year my ass, T. You don’t mean it, have the balls to say you want achievers to suffer the consequences YOU deem fit for not sharing THEIR wealth to YOUR satisfaction. Lastly as for “nobody getting anywhere by themselves?” What exactly does MJ ‘owe” people who bought a product that they DESIRED to floss about and look important to those in their limited sphere of influence. What does he owe to fans who bought tickets to his games in exchange for the performances that he gave paying customers. But like the true diehard Liberal stuck on the Democrat plantation Im sure that the concept of a fair exchange only  applies when rich people become poor people. Tell you what, though, that ‘Mind Control” machine that MJ has is sommmmmmmmmme moneymaker. Us po’ neeeeeegroes. We is powerless up against a crispy Pair o’ Jordans. Aint we?

          • Terry

            Ok, you’ve converted me. We are all out for ourselves. Got it. You win. Good night. You vultures and cultural jackals are free to reign over the human jungle with no care about the blood you spill in your unabashed, unhindered lust for frivolities, materialism and trivial acquisitions. You are so smart. LOL!!!

    • Terry

      Aitch Cee, I’m going out on a limb here, but I can almost assure that Apple has foundations and a volunteer arm of the corporation that gives back to the community in both dollars and people power, as you can read via this link: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=273603. Therefore, Steve Jobs and his folks were indeed trying to be responsible corporate neighbors. 

      As far as Isiah Thomas is concerned, yes, his sexual scandal was unfortunate. But if we disqualified all individuals who were involved in some sort of sexual impropriety, then we’d have to tear down the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington DC because of his well-documented extramarital affairs. We’d also have to erase Malcolm X out of the history books because he was an admitted whore and pimp when he was Malcolm Little prior to his religious conversion. And I could on and on. Human frailties do not invalidate the individual’s desire and right to make positive contributions to humanity. Despite his faults, Thomas is trying to do right by us. 

  • UncleChuck2

    I think we should lighten up on Michael and look in the mirror: Why do we place such value on SHOES? Shouldn’t we be educating ourselves as to the value education, work, service to the community and a genuine interest in OURSELVES as a person?

    Michael is a hustler working his hustle, be it basketball or endorsments! We may disagree with his stance on a lot of things but Michael (as far as I know) forces NO-ONE to buy those shoes or attend his games. We do it because doing so makes us feel better about ourselves if only for a quick minute.

    If we were more in touch with OURSELVES then, maybe, we could purchase the shoes (or whatever) NOT because of the label or how much it costs but for it’s esthetic and/or practical value.

    But until we as Blacks get out of the”Willie Lynch” mode we will always witness scenes as described in the news.

    “All are born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”—Anonymous

  • bebop

    Terry, you are 100% correct in your stance. You said it better than I have…and believe me, I have been stating a lot of what you shared in this piece since I was in high school…and college…but OUR folks just wouldn’t/couldn’t hear me. Was he a dope ball player? Without a doubt. But his character is so f-d up. He has never been a help period to our people. I don’t mean in his own deeds, I mean period…he did nothing but play great ball…darn near by himself…because he always was selfish and it shows now. To be honest…he doesn’t seem like he has a soul. I don’t even feel that he has a troubled soul…he just seems to be…EMPTY. It’s tragic and sad really…  And as far as your comment about the shoes being outdated…it’s true. I knew exactly what you mean. Darn near every pair of Jordans has been ugly anyway…and are played out in a couple of months…and then people with no real clue about living their best lives…clamour for the ‘new’ Jordans. Sick. Keep on doin’ what you do, T. Love ya!

    • Terry

      Wow, Bebop, you came hard. But I was struck by your statement that “he doesn’t seem like he has a soul. I don’t even feel that he has a troubled soul … he just seems to be … EMPTY.” From Mike’s perspective, he may not believe that he has anything to do with how his wealth is accumulated and, if people continue to be the subject of violence in the acquisition of his products, then that is merely collateral.

    • Terry

      Wow, Bebop, you came hard. But I was struck by your statement that “he doesn’t seem like he has a soul. I don’t even feel that he has a troubled soul … he just seems to be … EMPTY.” From Mike’s perspective, he may not believe that he has anything to do with how his wealth is accumulated and, if people continue to be the subject of violence in the acquisition of his products, then that is merely collateral.

  • Jjonesatl

    Get off his dyck, you bunch of whining bytches.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vaughn-Brooklyn-Alexis/1244482947 Vaughn Brooklyn Alexis

    I JUST THINK THAT IS SAD THAT YOUNG ADULTS AND OLDER ONES WILL SPEND THERE VERY LAST DOLLAR, STEAL, FIGHT AND EVEN KILL FOR SOME JORDANS OR ANY OTHER NAME BRAND SNEAKER. IT’S NOT JUST JORDONS PEOPLE , IT’S THE MENTALLY, PARENTING , TEACHING OF REAL VALUES.  NOW THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH LOOKING GOOD, WORKING HARD TO PURCHASE THE THINGS WE LIKE, HOWEVER I BELIEVE IT’S UP TO THE PARENTS, TEACHERS, SPIRITUAL, LEADERS AND THE JORDONS OF THIS COUNTRY TO MAKE OUR SOCIETY/YOUTH AWARE OF REAL VALUES. LIKE EDUCATION, HEALTH, RESPECTING OTHERS AND HOW TO GIVE OF THEMSELVES AND NOT LET JORDONS OR NIKES,ADIDAS ETC BE FOCAL POINT OF ONES STATUS OR ESTEEM. WHAT JORDON SHOULD DO IS INCORPORATE A CD OR SOME MATERIAL THAT EDUCATES THE MIND ON BUSINESS, LIFE, AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SUCCESSFULL IN ALL AREAS OF LIFE. TRY THAT. I MEAN FOR ALMOST $150 TO $ 200 A PAIR YOU CAN ADD A CD IN THE BOX. FOR ALL MY REAL ATHLETES AND THOSE WHO WANT TO LIVE AND HAVE OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE CHECK ME AT http://www.fdirep.com/miami. AND SEE WHY WE ARE SUFFERING MORE FROM DIABETES,ASTHMA , HYPERTENSION, NO ENERGY ETC AND ARE GETTING CURED AND HOW. GET YOUR MIGHTY 90 NUTRIENTS THAT IS HEALING PEOPLE FROM  ALL OF THE ABOVE.www.fdirep.com/miami or check on FB. PEACE, BLESSING AND AWARENESS TO ALL, VAUGHN BROOKLYN ALEXIS

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vaughn-Brooklyn-Alexis/1244482947 Vaughn Brooklyn Alexis

    I JUST THINK THAT IS SAD THAT YOUNG ADULTS AND OLDER ONES WILL SPEND THERE VERY LAST DOLLAR, STEAL, FIGHT AND EVEN KILL FOR SOME JORDANS OR ANY OTHER NAME BRAND SNEAKER. IT’S NOT JUST JORDONS PEOPLE , IT’S THE MENTALLY, PARENTING , TEACHING OF REAL VALUES.  NOW THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH LOOKING GOOD, WORKING HARD TO PURCHASE THE THINGS WE LIKE, HOWEVER I BELIEVE IT’S UP TO THE PARENTS, TEACHERS, SPIRITUAL, LEADERS AND THE JORDONS OF THIS COUNTRY TO MAKE OUR SOCIETY/YOUTH AWARE OF REAL VALUES. LIKE EDUCATION, HEALTH, RESPECTING OTHERS AND HOW TO GIVE OF THEMSELVES AND NOT LET JORDONS OR NIKES,ADIDAS ETC BE FOCAL POINT OF ONES STATUS OR ESTEEM. WHAT JORDON SHOULD DO IS INCORPORATE A CD OR SOME MATERIAL THAT EDUCATES THE MIND ON BUSINESS, LIFE, AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SUCCESSFULL IN ALL AREAS OF LIFE. TRY THAT. I MEAN FOR ALMOST $150 TO $ 200 A PAIR YOU CAN ADD A CD IN THE BOX. FOR ALL MY REAL ATHLETES AND THOSE WHO WANT TO LIVE AND HAVE OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE CHECK ME AT http://www.fdirep.com/miami. AND SEE WHY WE ARE SUFFERING MORE FROM DIABETES,ASTHMA , HYPERTENSION, NO ENERGY ETC AND ARE GETTING CURED AND HOW. GET YOUR MIGHTY 90 NUTRIENTS THAT IS HEALING PEOPLE FROM  ALL OF THE ABOVE.www.fdirep.com/miami or check on FB. PEACE, BLESSING AND AWARENESS TO ALL, VAUGHN BROOKLYN ALEXIS

  • Lthomas Lthomas

    Its not Jordan’s fault that grown men and women who go to work can not control themselves or their lust for his shoes. If they act ignorant and cause chaos that is on them. There was no gun to their head forcing them to spend $200 on shoes endorsed by a man who is not thinking about them is selling. At some point in time each individual has to take responsibility for their role in society’s failures. Jordan has an indirect role in the madness. But ultimately each parent/adult that gives their children money to buy these shoes have a bigger role in the madness.

    • Jtshrop

      Yes, LThomas, we are ultimately liable for our own behavior, but I find it interesting that you also say that Jordan has an “indirect” role in the madness, which means that he is somewhat liable as well, which contradicts your first sentence. If has an indirect role, in your opinion, then maybe he could take an “indirect” role in bringing some positivity to the situation and “indirectly” try to help better other lives other than his own. 

  • Ylnjoh

    Please Jordan is doing what business man does. Every time black person comes into money we expect a handout. Jordan and any other celeb is considered to be line entertainment and that’s all. There are 3 role models in my home Jesus, myself and husband. If you want blame start with homes and what we are teaching our children, life has a value of shoes.

  • Supernab431

    hey yo jimmybells why dont u shut the fuck suck my dick man why dont u go play some baseball ur just just a typical white person who think hes black ad that hes way better then anyone in the nba  man im propaply better then u so go to ur mom and o suck on her dick

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Thomas/1820019075 Robert Thomas

    the hell does Kardashian have to do with this…you fedded the entire story with that one very weak analogy…

  • Daddydowrite

    Black folks are the last to lift up their OWN community.  He should be using his celeb. to do just this:  Inspire children to “get their own shoes”.  And not by stealing or killing.  Work hard, lift yourself up and be so successful you could have your own “jordan” shoe.  But sadly they don’t.  It’s all about how many women they can screw, how many baby mama they gots and how many thug dogs they got.  As disgusting as my words may sound to you, just watch a few Gangsta Rap reality shows on tv, look at the news and check out a community on the south side of anywhere.

  • Cedric

    Jordan doesn’t owe anyone shit. Its not his fault for other peoples actions. If your dumb enough to go wait in the cold, pay more than the retail price , or fight over a pair of shoes, then maybe you really are crazy and we shouldn’t point the finger at Jordan. People are responsible for their own actions. You’re right Jordan didn’t get where he is today by himself. DO YOU HONESTLY BELIEVE JORDAN RUNS THE COMPANY ALONE??!?? 9 times out of ten, Jordan is paying others to run and market the company while he just sit back and get paid. I am black and i love buying Jordans. But I be Gotdamn if I’m waiting in the cold, paying more than the retail price or fighting over a pair. And the sad thing is that its mostly grownups NOT KIDS. NO ONE IS TO BLAME BUT THEMSELVES.

    • The One

      Indeed.  Michael Jordan shouldn’t be held accountable for the irresponsible acts of others.  Should a knife company be held responsible when someone uses one to kill someone?  Should car manufacturers be held accountable when someone commits a hit and run accident?  Of course not. People need to be accountable for their own actions.  Should MJ speak out against the idiocy surrounding the release of his shoes?  Who’s to say.  But I know that he isn’t responsible.

  • Anonymous

    Terry ” Marvelous, unlike Jordan, the automakers all have foundations, charities
    and volunteer organizations that routinely provide people power,
    equipment and dollars into the community from which they live and make
    their money.”

    Do you just make stuff up or is it too hard to use google?

    Tue 21 Feb, 2012 – WCNC Charlotte 0:36 | 224 views
    CHARLOTTE,
    N.C. — Michael Jordan formally kicked off a new Bobcats charity
    initiative, Cats Care, today at Time Warner Cable Arena with the
    presentation of a refrigerated truck to Second Harvest Food Bank of
    Metrolina.

    http://in.news.yahoo.com/video/charlottewcnc-15750615/michael-jordan-lends-a-hand-with-cats-care-28369334.html

    JORDAN INSTITUTE FOR FAMILIES
    From community projects in rural North Carolina to federally funded
    projects of national scope, the Jordan Institute is in pursuit of
    answers. Founded in 1996 and named in recognition of a gift from Michael
    Jordan, the Jordan Institute has a clear vision: to strengthen families
    and engage communities.

    http://ssw.unc.edu/jordan

    “Michael Jordan gave
    it his all off the court as much as he did on. He helped many different
    people, in many different ways. In 1994 he started the James R. Jordan
    Boys and Girls Club and Family Life Center, named after his father. The
    Center, which is located in Chicago, Illinois, opened to the public in
    1996 thanks to a $5 million donation from the Chicago Bulls and a $2
    million contribution from Michael Jordan. Every week, 1,000 people come
    through the center’s doors, from infants and toddlers to teenagers and
    senior citizens. There are a number of things to do there. Some go
    there to play pool, do their homework, play basketball, or just relax in
    a safe place.”

    http://myhero.com/go/hero.asp?hero=m_jordan

    Michael J. Jordan Scholarship

    A $2500.00 scholarship distributed annually to two Laney High School Graduates

    http://www.nhcs.net/laney/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=294&Itemid=172

    A pre Divorce one:

    MICHAEL AND JUANITA JORDAN SCHOLARSHIPDepartment
    United Negro College Fund, Program Services Depart

    http://www.edfed.com/planning-college/scholarship-indetail.php?id=33810

  • Ekw2407

    Jordan is not the blame for somebody commiting an act of violence to get a pair of sneakers. He is making money off his brand as everyone else is. His brand just happens to be very popular in the urban community. He doesn’t have to give his earnings to no charities. Many people can walk by homeless people in the winter, and don’t even offer a 50 cent cup of coffee. So why does Jordan need to give his money up.