One Arkansas-based Nike store in particular reportedly contacted local authorities Thursday after a peaceful pro-police protester showed up outside to purportedly stir up trouble.
Except peaceful protester Jimmie Cavin didn’t approach the store, pester employees or really do anything disruptive whatsoever, save for this:
He casually waved a “Blue Lives Matter” flag to show love to the police, and for that act the store called the cops on him. But instead of telling him to leave or even arresting him, the cops wound up turning right around moments later and skedaddling. Why?
“He realized I wasn’t doing anything wrong,” Cavin explained later to local station KLRT.
“So, Nike called the police on the guy supporting the police for supporting the police,” he sarcastically added, the point being to highlight the apparel company’s hypocrisy.
Last week the internationally recognized apparel brand released an ad campaign that touted unemployed NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s alleged “sacrifice.”
According to Nike, when Kaepernick launched his “peaceful” national anthem protests in 2016 to draw attention to the non-existent epidemic of police brutality against blacks, he caused irreparable harm to his career. But he continued with his “peaceful” protests anyway because he was willing to “sacrifice” his career in his quest for justice.
But the premise of Kaepernick’s protests is a complete lie. Nike also failed to take into consideration his anti-cop behavior and rhetoric, including the fact that last year he donated $25,000 to a group that honors convicted cop killer and terrorist Assata Shakur.
That Nike would celebrate the disrespectful NFL player as a hero has not sat well with many, including the Fraternal Order of Police. That the pro-Kaepernick retailer would then turn around and ask the cops to help it shut down a peaceful protester will likely be perceived by these critics as the height of irony and hypocrisy.
Apparently, the only peaceful protesters Nike likes are those who protest the police. When it comes to peaceful protesters who choose to show love to the police, then Nike believes it’s necessary to call the police to deal with them. Does that make any sense to you?
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