Shackled Minds and Shackle Shoes
I am not offended at all.
The creator of this shoe is only tapping into the mentality that persists among many black people. It is a marketing tool...why not use it?
Black people are notorious for highlighting the negatives of our turbulent past and present: calling each other Ni**er, treating each other like a white slave master treated African slaves, use of the bible to demonize certain 'segments' of the black race/culture and the pervasive acceptance of whitewashed Christianity…
Without admitting it, millions of black people subconsciously believe that a white Jesus is their God.
So, why is it a problem when a person outside of our ethnic group markets a product that satisfies the continuation of black people's affinity towards self-destruction?
Additionally, black people have a dangerous infatuation with the power of the so called Establishment. For example, think about all the young black men that search high and low to purchase a vehicle that looks like a police car i.e. Crown Victoria…
Think about the countless number of black men who have the toughest pet i.e. pit bull terriers...
Black people love and long to have the white man's power and authority, resulting in the devaluation of black pride, black dignity, and black respect.
Combine the love of the negatives and a reckless love for a influence that's ultimately desired to falsely elevate damaged egos - and we will have the result that's in the mind of the man/woman who created a shoe with shackles...they are not the blame, and they should not ‘pull’ the shoe.
Black People -including Jesse Jackson- stop whining and be the opposite of what THEY believe we want and like...it is that simple! And, please don't accept that it cannot be done! Here is an example of the refusal to be Common…
It is not a surprise to me that this young lady is not an American. People of color from countries across the seas (Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea) -which are actually resting places for millions of Africans- have an internal tenacity to succeed! Black Americans in the collective are satisfied...content with mediocrity!
A Defeated People!