Five Things To Riot Over Other Than Air Jordan 'Concords'
How quickly things change in America.
Just last month we were championing protesters participating in the Occupy Wall Street movements for speaking out against corporate greed and at least attempting to make a change. But now, this morning with Christmas two days away, people are now rioting at your local mall for a pair of Air Jordan XI's, aka the "Concords."
A bit of history, these sneakers originally came out in 1995 and have been re-released in various colorways over the last 16 years. Highly popular because of its patent-leather upper, the shoes go down in history as one of the most coveted pair in sneaker history.
And just like in 1995-96 when they were first released, people are losing their damn minds to get their hands on them. Released at midnight, there have already been dozens of reports of shootings and looting behind these sneakers. There's even a story about a woman who left her toddlers in the car so she could go in the mall and cop a pair. Loop 21 asks, isn't there something else worth rioting for other than some 16-year old sneakers being sold for almost $200?
Here are some things people should be spending their time, money and energy fighting over.
The Unemployment Rate in America is 8.6%
And for black folks specifically it's 15.5%. So it safe to say that some of these people standing in line and fighting for a pair of Jordans literally didn't have anything else to do with their time.
The 1% Are Still Winning
After all of that OWS protesting, the fact remains that nothing really changed and none of those greedy CEOs and bankers lost their jobs while the rest of the country was still losing theirs. Guess we've got more work to do.
Police Brutality is At An All Time High
The U.S. Department of Justice started keeping track of police brutality cases in 2000 and in 2011 there were 52 cases reported, the highest number so far. Key words in that sentence "cases reported."
Outstanding Student Load Debt To Hit $1 Trillion
Aren't you mad that you're still paying for the college degree hanging on your wall?
Jordan Almost Kept the NBA Lockout Going
We're willing to bet money that the same people fighting over Jordans are the same people who were crying about the NBA lockout. Newsflash, Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Bobcats, was one of the main people prolonging the NBA lockout by refusing to meet the players halfway in their demands. Still want to support this guy?
Our Schools Are Sending Kids To Prison
Oh yeah, its true. Especially in Chicago...how ironic.