Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My letter to Nike.

 Dear Nike,

I know you are just a faceless corporation that just manufactures athletic apparel.

I'd like to take this opportunity commend you for Selecting MR. Michael Jeffery Jordan's likeness 
to promote your sneakers.
I believe the silhouette featured on the product is refereed to as the jumpman. 
It is a most appropriate title indeed.
Because you see, every little boy to ever grip a basketball wanted to jump just like that man.
I bet you never counted on how popular they would become.

I bet you didn't know how many hours working class parents would have spend away from their kids in order to buy just a single pair of Jordans for their children.

You couldn't have possibly known kids would get bullied at school for not owning a pair.

I also don't believe you could have ever imagined that people would start killing  other people just to get their hands on the newest sneaker featuring the jumpman.

There are about 1,200 deaths a year behind your shoes.
Bullets and shrapnel flying.

Blood staining the concrete.

Just to get a pair of Jordans on their feet.

We can not be held accountable for collateral damage you say.

It's not our  responsibility nor concern.

We exist only to supply because the people demand the quality of our brand.

It's not your job to worry about what tiny fishes gets gobbled up in the food chain.
[Oh nooo.]

It's all just stats.
Profit margins.
Boardroom meetings.
Board meetings.
Product placement and comprehensive reports.
I wonder if you tell a parent that just left the ER or funeral parlor about your neutral stance.
Nike I 'm writing because I'd specifically like to know where your heart is.

If you have one does it ache when it hears about the turmoil breaking on the soil of where your company was born.

It should do more than ache.
It should break.

Nike please tell me how you'll even the playing field.
I would know how are going to go about providing jobs, and other opportunities within the communities stricken with this plague of materialism.
Nike do you believe you shouldn't be held accountable in the least for this invisible war erupting all over the streets?
You know why writing you instead of Adidas, or Reebok.
You know as well as I do that those brands have stood the test time but still can't really compete.
I'll bet dollars to doughnuts the most recent person to die over sneakers left the house with your brand on their feet.
I'm trying to slander your companies name.
I'm not trying to hate.
Nike all I want to know is plan to take any course of action?

Any thoughts?

I'll wait.


A poet.