Tuesday
Sep042018

Nike's Long Bet

Full disclosure, I can't spell Kaepernick - and in school I was very strongly encouraged to recite "I pledge alliagence to the flag of the United States of America.." perhaps a thousand times. 

A truck drove by today with an oversized black/white US flag today with just one red stripe today.   I'm uncertain what the mutant flag means, anything from "I support firefighters by purchasing this decorative 4 foot flag from an unaffiliated private company with viral marketing and vague symbolic support for fire fighters" to "Its a US Flag flying Nazi flag colors, duh."  
  
And maybe that's the point.  A coded message, division, open secrets, solidarity, symbolic gang colors.  And that's fine, really it's what freedom of speech is all about.  Want to wear gang colors, wear them!  Let people know who you are.  Where you stand. Tell the world about your vision of a better world and a better country.  Offer beautiful ideas that stand up to scrutiny.  Nurture great ideas and share them.  Let fart worthy ideas dissipate into the wind. Tell people what you think because we live in a wonderful country where you have freedoms and you can illuminate and darken alike.   
   
If political correctness only taught you how to be silently unaccepting like artist-shit crimp sealed in a tuna can, please consider a long rant on social media trolling wealthy leftist middle east biracial jewish lesbian paraplegic grandmothers for having BBQ on Yom Ha'atzmaut or whatever.   Bare your soul, and may the rest of the world know you and move on.  Better that than every politically appointed Supreeme court nominee's unwillingness to illuminate any aspect of their past, present or hypothetical future, leading informed democratic justice to stumble more clumsily than drunken teenagers fumbling in darkness.
 
Is Nike's support of Kaepernick going to be seen as being on the right side of history? 
  
For a second, never mind what well documented oppression Kaepernick kneels for, or the free speech rights of corporate entities like the NFL and Nike - should he have a voice, is he free?  
  
I certainly hope so.  Forced speech is not free speech.  Censure followed by forced silence is not free speech.   castigate or ignore what you don't like, but don't expect unamious uniform thought from citizens of a democracy.  Whether vile or golden - speech and debate fundamentally and critically lead to a functioning democracy.  Argue if you want, but don't let me speak for you, speak for your self, because What do I know unless you tell me?
   
Hell yes, I hope Nike is on the right side of history.  The alternative: An ingrown well misinformed population and a withering of real democracy.  Our beautiful rare bloom lost once again for centuries more?  

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