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Nike is defending its controversial decision to cancel a new line of Air Max sneakers that featured American flag decals on the back. The sneakers were a limited 4th of July edition.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that retired NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained about the design of the Air Max 1 Quick Strike USA sneakers.

Each sneaker featured an early version of the American flag, which was designed by Betsy Ross with a circle of 13 stars that represented the 13 original colonies.

A source told the WSJ that Kaepernick said the use of the American flag was "offensive" to all Black people because of the American flag's "slavery connotations."

Arizona's Republican governor, Doug Ducey protested Nike's decision by pulling financial incentives for a planned Nike factory to be built in his state.

Ducey ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw financial incentives for the new Nike factory.

"Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision," he said. "I am embarrassed for Nike."

Nike, which had already shipped out 500 pairs of the sneakers, notified retailers that the sneakers were being recalled. The sneakers were selling like hotcakes on Craigslist.com and eBay.com. One pair of the "Betsy Ross" Nikes sold for $2,500 online on Tuesday. Other pairs were selling for $250 or more online.

Nike released a second statement on Tuesday about the recall. The statement didn't mention Kaepernick's involvement in the decision.

Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    Welp, that unfolded ugly and quickly

  • Alextra Ballard

    They were ugally anyway

  • Dowoop

    That governor is a moron! You take back the incentives that could have brought much needed jobs to people in your state.

  • Russiancreme

    The only reason to mention his name in the first place was so that he could take some of the heat. I'm sure alot of other ppl played a role in these ugly shoes being cancelled, but they paint the picture like Colin called them up n they just hopped to.

  • Phillybruh

    It is very possible they have some black people around the table who said this isn't a good idea considering the stance they took with Kap. But some other city would be happy to have a nike factory built.

  • Dowoop

    I'm surprised they were even gonna build one in the US considering the cheap labour they get elsewhere.

  • KarmaBackAround

    Kap gettin too much CAP on this..he didnt have any detrimental involvement n this..cut it out! As far as the shoes, as a blackwoman im just gonna say everything is not about racism. Its still people out here who i guess love the great U.S of A..now if that were a confederate flag on the back of these shoes my stance would be MERRRCHHH different!

  • DroneRivers

    Leave it to Arizona. I rolled my eyes so hard I damn near passed out. That governor isn't hurting anyone but his own state. Nike isn't about to cry over losing that one little factory.
    I get the idea behind the sneakers but it WAS kinda tone deaf.

  • SpiceGirl

    SOMEBODY had to be the scapegoat!

  • DroneRivers

    So if Nike never mentioned Kaepernick's name in the statement, how'd he get caught up in it? Are people assuming or is there a leak?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Soooo let me get this straight Arizona said how dare you Nike and in response they STOPPED NEW JOBS AND MONEY COMING INTO THEIR STATE ????? Who do these ppl elect in these places clearly he didn’t think this through! that’s not hurting Nike it’s hurting the people in that state and the city it was going to bring job opportunities to. Anywhere else will quietly and gladly have a Nike plant to create jobs for their ppl how dumb can you be! That’s like getting mad at someone and breaking all your shiiiit it don’t make sense

  • Wreckognize Game

    The privileged people really hate when they are denied something they should not have had in the first place. They are mad about no longer having slaves, separate bathrooms, confederate statues, all the management positions, all white male presidents, confederate flags without being challenged and etc. Pull a number, get in line like the rest of us, wait for your number to be called to be served and deal with it.

  • Wreckognize Game

    I can’t wait to see how Meghan “Me-again” McCain princess of Arizona spins this one.

  • DroneRivers

    EVERYTHING is about her and/or her father. She's so annoying.

  • Wreckognize Game

    They are off this week on The View so it might skip her this time.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    I get a funny feeling that these big companies made a deal with Trump you give us tax breaks and we will open plants or provide job opportunities in the red states that need jobs. Arizona is a red state. Which is why he got so upset when General Motors closed that plant in Ohio a RED STATE which was not what they agreed on. Also notice how all these companies raised their minimum wage and they said it was because of the tax breaks they got which Trump was all to eager to brag about that was an agreement that was made behind closed doors as well IMO (this is just me speculating) remember Trump ran on saying he would bring jobs back to America that’s why he cut those deals with those companies to cut their taxes in exchange for them opening up shop in the cities and states that voted for him

  • fawkery

    LOL (some) white people were so triggered by the pulling of this "patriotic shoe." Colonialism is whites "we waz kangs n shat" era. I made a note a few posts ago that the topic of race in America has me thinking in ways I never thought before. It is so much deeper than feelings of superiority vs. inferiority and hate that manifests through policy and incarceration. We are in spiritual warfare with wickedness in high and low places. How can one be "patriotic" over things that remind them of a time when people were in chains, enslaved, murdered and culturally stripped. Keep crawling down the rabbit hole...if the Lord is near those who are oppressed and broken in spirit, I know that he is near us and we are His people.

  • Larisa

    I can’t stand this idiot. The flag is not racist, Nike is stupid for listening to him. Going by that dumb logic the modern flag shouldn’t be on any products either because it was used during segregation.

    Stop trying to constantly be outraged and offended. Sorry but this is the truth

  • Larisa

    Nice way to speak of a dead prisoner of war veteran

  • Indies beauty

    I agree with their decision and I'm pretty objective. It's historic significance has been muddled.

    Also I would be so upset if I lived in Arizona. He literally said eff them. Nike was bringing jobs.

  • Larisa

    Wow this is just crazy, pissed about not having slaves? It’s a shoe with a damn American flag on it. Because it had thirteen stars thirst makes it offensive?

  • fawkery

    Why is the flag not racist? Explain

  • Larisa

    It represents thirteen colonies, it doesn’t represent slavery.

  • Bushbabe

    Liberals are a walking contradiction full out faux outrage.The Betsy Ross American flag that Colin Kaepernick deemed racist and caused Nike to recall it’s new sneakers featuring the flag on the heel, was prominently displayed at Barack Obama’s second inauguration.Call me crazy but you leftists need to be heavily medicated or institutionalized. What will it be next cocoa puffs are a racists cereal?

  • Larisa

    The flag is an American flag firstly, not a confederate one, it represents the thirteen colonies that existed. The flag does not have any racist attributed or offensive symbols or language on it.

  • https://nylapoprush.com/twitch twitch.tv/NylaPop

    "What will it be next cocoa puffs are a racists cereal?"

    Don't give them any ideas lmao

  • Bushbabe

    If the first black president didn't have an issue with why should we? It was displayed proudly at his second inauguration. So what is your beef. Too much CNN or MNBC?

  • Larisa

    I did not know that. That should be the end of the argument.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Ion know bout coca puffs but Aunt Jemima syrup sure is and for that reason I eat my pancakes plain! No syrup ??????

  • DroneRivers

    I didn't speak on him. I spoke on how SHE always makes everything about them. I have nothing but respect for what he endured during his service. The current POtuS could learn a thing or two from him.

  • Larisa

    Aunt Jemima is racist? Hahaha

  • DroneRivers

    lmao

  • DroneRivers

    "...cocoa puffs are a racists cereal"

    Oooh you may be on to something there! I will be investigating this.

  • Larisa

    This selective outrage/false sense of being offended will lead you to a point where you need to sit in an empty room by yourself and do nothing all day. It’s ridiculous

  • Bushbabe

    Thank you, Plus Obama was Harvard educated and a lawyer and i'm sure he was aware of this. Colin is just cruising for emotional outrage companions. He needs to quit while him and Nessa are ahead.

  • Larisa

    Yes exactly!

  • fawkery

    First, this is not an "American" flag but a flag representing the British colonies. Moreover, does something need to have an offensive symbol for it to be offensive? What is offensive is relative to the offended. Let me explain: slaves were brought to the colonies in 1619. The United States of America was not formed until 1776 and slavery was not abolished until 1865. The word "slavery" may not mean much to you as I assume you are not a descendent of a slave or really engaged in a study about the institution of slavery. Slaves fought against the British in the American Revolution and were promised freedom in exchange for their service. As you know, they were never granted that freedom. So while this "flag" looks harmless to you, it represents something very traumatic to us. It's not for you to judge or stand on your soapbox in defense of the flag..all you can do is empathize and keep it pushing. The audacity of some people...

  • ALLMINE?

    Kap got that bag..??? where is he? France?

  • Renee26

    Leave Kap outta dis

  • Bushbabe

    Well it did not traumatize Obama at his second inauguration, nor did it offend the people who attended it. this faux outrage is sic and needs to stop we don't need to live life as a victim. Stop being traumatized because u were never a slave an neither was your grandparents.

  • Larisa

    It doesn’t represent anything traumatic to you, many black people disagree with your characterization of it. You did not see his flag and gasp in shock of how racist it is. You’re looking for a reason to be offended and joining the hype

    My guess is you feel the same about the standard American flag ?? that was used during segregation days and we use today?

  • LibgraScales

    Well said f@disqus_cdPpHPtRcT:disqus! Ignorance is bliss!

  • Renee26

    LMAO that's not the only brand you have to choose from Sis... Dry azz pancakes ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile chile !!!!!

  • fawkery

    I was trying to be nice to you but WHY ARE YOU HERE? How dare you slither to a black blog talking from the side of ya neck. Your presence in offensive and what type of person creeps into black spaces to be wild disrespectful? We realize we have no allies and I prefer my space instead of trying to tap dance to keep you happy in your fake reality. The CAUCASITY

  • Larisa

    You can’t handle somebody of a different race speaking the truth? Common sense?

  • Bushbabe

    Obama Used this flag at his second inauguration. Why would he allow this symbol if he knew it was?

  • Renee26

    Fuuck that flag!! People don't have to accept that symbolism if they don't want to. FOH

  • fawkery

    Many blacks? Do you know all them? I'm a direct descendant of slaves and I am more outraged with how wild you are to be talking SUPER reckless about a history that clearly doesn't concern you. And yes, you are right. America is nothing more than spiritual Babylon but you wouldn't know anything about that. You will see soon enough, I advise you to stay prayed up and cling to Israel as much as you can sis

  • Bushbabe

    This is what happens when you forget to take your meds. This is not your safe space this is a blog open to the public.

  • fawkery

    Obama doesn't represent me or all blacks. Try again

  • DroneRivers

    LMAO @ people outraged at Kaepernick while simultaneously telling others what not to be outraged about. Running up and through this whole comment section tryna check people and tell them how they should/shouldn't feel. Please have a large mothafuggin glass of STFU, light a rocket, sit on it and enjoy your 4th of July.

  • Wreckognize Game

    If one of the states that aren’t represented on this flag been offended would Laura Ingraham still be boycotting Nike? Because Colin was mentioned, there’s an uproar.

  • Renee26

    Just like Obama name gets thrown into every political post, Kap will get thrown into Nike's battles

  • fawkery

    I've never even seen your handle in this space. You are here to only cause a ruckus and from now on, you and "bushbabe" can have ya little A and B conversations. I don't go into other spaces talking reckless. Would you go into a Jewish blog and tell Jews to stop crying about things they deem sensitive or "anti-semitic" HUH?

  • fawkery

    I'm very sober try again.

  • fawkery

    Absolutely! People got some nerve

  • Indies beauty

    Yesss just a lil louder for that dumb ass governor. I also read Nike was going to offer a median salary of about 45- 48000 and cover a large portion of their insurance premiums. All for a tax break of course but I wouldn't care if I needed a stable job.

  • Bushbabe
  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    So... are you still celebrating 4th of July, or is Independence Day cancelled in the Black community?

  • DroneRivers

    I enjoy a day off just as much as the next person.

  • deidre martin

    the value of Nike skyrocketed after their last boycott

  • Bushbabe

    Black People be smarter, Be better and stop letting your chain be yanked because you are not trained animals. Stop it with the fake outrage because this is only going to make you look more foolish. Turn of the news and take a break.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    well can I tell ya ..... we have never gave a damn bout that holiday .... we just cook cause da meat be on sale and da fire works be on sale das it !! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5592fa066c535e97dd5dc536e97def76988de10c761259894107d848abf90808.gif

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    We don't do the parade or picnic at baby's school. We just take the day off. We going to go see Spider-Man.

  • fawkery

    I'm just excited for the brisket lol!

  • Phillybruh

    We just throw some steaks on the grill and get in the pool no big celebration over the 4th.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I bet you don't have a problem with how Trump talks sh!t about McCain.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I'm sure it on sale chile !!!!! This when ya get ya meats chile ..... buns be on da low .... food be on low !!!!!!

  • deidre martin

    I am confused. Didn’t y’all already boycott Nike? Did it not work the last time?

  • Phillybruh

    Cities have always provided those types of incentives to companies, long before Trump. New York was going to give Amazon the entire city for coming there.

  • fawkery

    Yes!! Matter of fact, I'm about to stock up. Happy 4th!

  • Larisa

    Ok and people have a right to buy it. Just cuz you’re sensitive

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Exactly. Symbols mean different things to different people.

  • Larisa

    I suggest you try to live your life and not be obsessed with race and being offended

  • Bushbabe

    He had Harvard education and Colin is a full time victim. Obama was President and Colin ran around the field chasing a ball. Yeah I know what you mean... you a are cut from a different cloth . Do you but try an make more educated decisions.

  • deidre martin

    Contrary to President Donald Trump’s claim that Nike would get “killed” by its decision to sign an endorsement deal with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, the sportswear giant appears to be thriving.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Same to you ... my dad already got his meats and beans .... but I did catch a deal on some Turkey wings ..... cooking that now chile !!!!! And we got bout 4 big asss watermelons .... Turn up!!!!!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ce81b75e12efccab772eda94258f8de6980428e99b75fe3e760a257c66a125dc.gif

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Thank you Nike! Not sure if they did this strictly for their profits but it seems like they are taking a triple bottom line approach-except for when it comes to those sweatshops. But that’s neither here nor there. Anywho, White folks can act dense if they want to when it comes to symbols of white supremacy but I’m glad Kaep educated Nike about it and they removed them.

  • deidre martin

    Colin Kaepernick is Nike’s $6 billion man

  • Jussjess25

    Auntie why do you drag everything! Kapernick had nothing to do with this decision ?

  • MissyJ

    What they call cutting off your nose to spite your face.... Smh

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly

  • deidre martin

    Nike is a company that is focused on younger generations and expanding their market.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    For us, It’s a day off from work to get together with folks you love. We dgaf about the symbolism of July 4th.

  • Larisa

    I do actually

  • fawkery

    Who are you talking to? I have the same pedigree as Obama and you sound koo koo for buffoonery. Try again and next time, please forge together a coherent sentence. Thx

  • Jussjess25

    Eaxctly. And we have the day off ?

  • Bushbabe

    I am pointing out the fact that this is manufactured and fake outrage. Where did I say i was boycotting Nike? I believe they have the right to do what ever they see fit but it should be based on fact not some nobodies feelings.

  • DroneRivers

    Ooof. You bout to trigger somebody. You might even get told to leave this country lol

  • hottlanta

    Nope bcas how we gonna b land of the free when a black man gets arrested for walking the grounds of the hospital in his gown and had n iv n gets arrested by the cops saying he is gonna sell the stolen iv in his arm on ebay. I dont celebrate the 4th but l will take that free day off work.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    BLOOP! Just like that.

  • Chicagowise

    How can a man who is a pariah, persuade Nike to recall a shoe? What kind of power and influence does Kaepernick have? Maybe this is just another clever way of ruining his career opportunities.

  • fawkery

    Babylon is Biblical and the Bible is a book about tribes and lineage. Whites call it race, it's about lineage. I'm about as obsessed with so called "race" as the dominate society is AND I am a happy black woman. Clearly you aren't that happy to be so enraged in a black space. Praying for you sis

  • Bushbabe

    You are as dumb as rocks and have the same dumb emotional fake outlook on life as Colin. You are a perpetual beta male victim. Bye Queen!!

  • Chicagowise

    LMAO!

  • hottlanta

    I celebrate the 4th just like white people celebrate dr martin luther king jr birthday. Thank god for the free day off n keep it moving.

  • DroneRivers

    Seriously, I've seen it a few times already in regards to this very topic. "If you hate it here so much, if the flag offends you so much, why don't you leave?!"

  • TriniHarlem

    Please don't lower your vibrations to wasted skin. Explaining to a wall literally.

  • Larisa

    Oh great a religious and racial extremist

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile been seeing that particular commenter .... trolling and blocked https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/240ae0df4e7566ab34861c6de3d14335be8495641fd48b61a8d702e7bfb6b15e.gif

  • Chicagowise

    I don't think some people understand that our flag also symbolizes our right to rebuke it.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Lolololol I’m not going any dang where! My ancestors were building this country while they were fighting over the last potato in the old country.

  • Phillybruh

    Oh he has tremendous power and he doesn't really need his NFL job now, that settlement was between 80 and 100 mill bucks. But I think in this case Nike is hiding behind him, after all they cut him a healthy check aswell.

  • Indies beauty

    Never said it did. I said it was muddled meaning theirs been a range of things that have contributed to why ppl are upset about it.

  • Chicagowise

    Wait! What settlement?!

  • fawkery

    Last comment of the day for you CaveBae: You are resorting to immature name calling because you got checked and cornered in a way that you can't wiggle yourself out of. As such, you are projecting feelings of intellectual inferiority on me as someone who has the same or similar educational background as Obama with a passion for justice as Colin. Yet I am dumb? Oppression is not "dumb" or an "emotional fake outlook" and your existence is the reason why we go as hard in the paint as we do. Stay mad and yes, I am a Queen. I'll take that https://media2.giphy.com/media/FrnpqArQZtti8/giphy.gif

  • DroneRivers

    *clutches imaginary pearls* My, my, my. I guess "This is what happens when you forget to take your meds. "

  • fawkery

    Yawn, name calling because you have nothing more to say to the matter? Checkmate

  • DroneRivers

    I've been wanting to block a couple of people but I just like to engage too much to let myself do it lol

  • fawkery

    You're right fam, energy is key! Appreciate you :)

  • Vonn

    I celebrate Juneteenth. 4th of July is just a paid day off for me.

  • Soda

    Yet no one asked this back in Betsy Ross' day.?

  • bb1812

    Nike's not losing $$. Shaking off deplorables but not missing any money, really.

  • Larisa

    Say about what? You think that only black people should discuss this?

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Right! They wear new balances anyway

  • Larisa

    Being unjustly sensitive contributed to it. And you are very pretty by the way

  • Wreckognize Game

    Why is it so hard for some people to understand that some of these companies may not have many minorities on their board but could have consultants, focus groups or influencers that they are listening to? It takes one person to say they are offended or could see how it could be offensive and has a sound explanation, for Nike to pull it.

  • Indies beauty

    I prefer world news but how do you assume so much? I dont have an issue with the design but I agree with thier choice because others are upset. They did the best thing.

    Also our first black president does not set the tone for my oppinion. Honestly I dont care what he has issues with because he lives a different life than me and deals with things differently.

  • DroneRivers

    A couple months ago the NFL settled a grievance with Kap and I think one other player but I thought it was for like $10 million to be split between them.

  • Bushbabe

    Pot meet kettle? Please go clean that dirty cloth you were cut from and while your at it find a ball you can chase around to keep you from being frazzled. I am so not moved by your little tantrums and you are boring me ..now run along little idiot queen. I have better things to do than debate your empty narrow minded brain. you see me as a color because you have a limited slave mentality. I don't ascribe to a race because it is a term used by colonizers and I originated from a specific ethnic background . But dummies like you have plantation brain.

  • Indies beauty

    Yesss anything involving race in this climate is sensitive to some. But thanks girly, you are aswell.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I ain't giving chances .... periodt ....... eventually you get drained ... I use to be the same bout a year or two ago ... now fawk em ... Block block ....... zero tolerance anymore lololololol

  • Larisa

    It’s a historical American flag that Obama used in his inauguration how racist can it be

  • DroneRivers

    Let em know!

  • DroneRivers

    That part!

  • Renee26

    She gets that question often. Same troll different log in name

  • DroneRivers

    I feel you! Some days I feel that way and I have to just log off lol

  • bb1812

    ?? Lemme find out they're really burning New Balanceses?

  • Soda

    Probably that same Armenian woman, minus the flag she usually includes. Newcomer Bushbabe was Mielle Downey yesterday.

  • Li-Wright

    Bottom Line, Kap is running Nike :) But I ask again - who knew that that flag was called the Betsy ross flag? Who knew that that flag was associated with slavery? Raise your hand....because I didn't know. I remember in history it was just the original 13 states flag.

    And if that's a Michael Jordan shoe ("Air"), did Jordan know about what Kap did?

  • Li-Wright

    Did you know the flag was associated with slavery? I didn't.

  • Li-Wright

    Nope, the settlement wasn't that high. It was stated that the settlement was more in the $5million range....I'll find the story.
    Anyhow, Kap is now the expert on slavery. I want somebody to find and list the source where that flag is associated with slavery. I don't remember the flag that way.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    It was adopted by white supremacist groups much like the nazis adopted the swastika

  • Li-Wright

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/21/sports/colin-kaepernick-nfl-settlement.html

    N.F.L. Settlement With Kaepernick and Reid Is Said to Be Much Less Than $10 Million

  • Li-Wright

    N.F.L. Settlement With Kaepernick and Reid Is Said to Be Much Less Than $10 Million
    Google it.

  • Let them eat cake

    Yep. I celebrate the 4th and Juneteenth. I'm just as much of an American as I am black. I'm prideful of both.

  • Phillybruh

    LoL 5 - 10 million is not enough to warrant the NDA..lol That settlement was much much more than that ..lol

  • DroneRivers

    I don't think that flag is any more closely associated with slavery than our current one. Other than maybe the fact that it was created during a time when slavery was still very much legal. The crux of the issue seems to be the fact that some hate groups like the KKK have adopted it (and the confederate flag) as a symbol for some reason.

  • DroneRivers

    That was so ridiculous! They need to start firing cops for dumb ish like that. Or at the least charge them with harassment. That's obviously all it is.

  • Wreckognize Game

    There had been slavery back then and the Native Americans were pushed aside. All this hit differently when I learned as an adult how deep NOLA was in the slave trade. We were taught Louisiana studies that focused on French connection and import/export industry. They never taught us about the people brought into this port city and the auctioning block

  • CookieMobster
  • Let them eat cake

    cave bae? i literally have tears

  • BishesDntGtIt

    They don’t have to say anything just make sure that ugly ass shoe don’t hit the market.

  • Bushbabe

    Idealogy subversion is a process in which the tear down a culture by objectification and shaming a people into abandoning their core values. Marxist and Socialists playbook and people are playing right into this Godless sociopathic creed. God help us.

  • Eileen

    Yawn...it is called History for a reason and least we not forget America is the only country that black people can be the MOST successful and please dont use the handful of Africans that are billionares as an example, hell they sold us into slavery too!. Yes the USA has their issues but where else can black folks go? back to africa, the carribean islands.
    Yo can go but I am staying!

  • NewNew

    One minute they're burning their Nike shoes/clothes and the next they're buying them up like hot cakes. Pick a side and stick to it.

    I knew the flag was associated with white supremacists groups. It was a limited edition run anyway. Safer for Nikento take the loss on this than to cause a controversy.

  • Bushbabe

    Colin and Nessa have yet to address the flags of the Arab world and the slave trade that was started by Neesa'S ansestors which lead to my ansestors being sent to America. The hypocrisy of it all.
    Educate ourselves.

    — Understand what’s going on around us — we are in a state of war.

    — FORCE American government to stop aiding Communism and learn about what it is and how many people died because of it and a Marxist belief system

  • Let them eat cake

    you have NO right to say what blacks should or shouldn't be offended by. stop talking down to people and get off your high horse NOW.

  • Bushbabe

    The Arab flag is associated with slavery to but Neesa hasn't spoken on it. Historically the slave trade was started by Arabs and that is how we ended up here.

  • NewNew
  • Alextra Ballard

    Dass all? The disclosure was supposed tew be hush hush so I was assuming it was over 100 million+

  • Alextra Ballard

    I see Trolls begat otha Trolls

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    So he denied prosecutors’ motion to try the 16-year-old as an adult. “He is clearly a candidate for not just college but probably for a good college,” Judge James Troiano of Superior Court said last year in a two-hour decision while sitting in Monmouth County.

    Now the judge has been sharply rebuked by an appeals court in a scathing 14-page ruling that warned the judge against showing bias toward privileged teenagers.

    In doing so, the appeals court cleared the way for the case to be moved from family court to a grand jury, where the teenager, identified only as G.M.C. in court documents, will be treated as an adult. New Jersey law allows juveniles as young as 15 to be tried as adults when accused of serious crimes, and the grand jury will weigh whether to indict him on the sexual assault accusation.

    In recent years, judges across the country have come under fire for the way they have handled sexual abuse cases. One of the most notorious was in 2016, when a judge in California sentenced a Stanford University student to six months in jail after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. After an intense public backlash, California voters recalled the judge.

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    Judge Troiano, who is roughly 70, was one of two family court judges whom appeals courts in New Jersey have criticized in recent weeks over relatively similar issues.

    In the other case, the appellate division reversed another judge’s decision not to try a 16-year-old boy as an adult after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in 2017.

    The second family court judge, Marcia Silva, sitting in Middlesex County, denied a motion to try the teenager as an adult and said that “beyond losing her virginity, the State did not claim that the victim suffered any further injuries, either physical, mental or emotional.”

    The appellate judges also upbraided Judge Silva, overturning her decision and noting that the teenager could be culpable because the 12-year-old was not old enough to provide consent in the first place.

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    The judge in Monmouth County, Mr. Troiano, was scolded by the appellate court, according to the panel’s decision. “That the juvenile came from a good family and had good test scores we assume would not condemn the juveniles who do not come from good families and do not have good test scores from withstanding waiver application,” the panel wrote in its decision.

    A spokeswoman for the administrative office of the courts said the judges had no comment on the case. She said Mr. Troiano, a veteran judge who retired several years ago, was asked to occasionally fill vacancies on the bench.

    Family court cases are typically closed to the public, but the judges’ comments surfaced in June when the appeals court decisions were made public, joining a series of contentious sexual assault cases that have ignited outrage over a legal system that advocates for victims say is warped by bias and privilege.

    In the first case, heard by Judge Troiano, it is unclear from court documents when and specifically where in New Jersey the incident involving the two 16-year-olds took place.

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    But prosecutors said it occurred during a party packed with 30 other teenagers. The case was highlighted by a New Jersey radio station, 101.5.

    The victim was identified only as Mary, an alias to protect her identity.

    Before the episode, prosecutors said, both teenagers walked into a darkened area of the basement and Mary stumbled as she walked.

    “While on the sofa, a group of boys sprayed Febreze on Mary’s bottom and slapped it with such force that the following day she had hand marks on her buttocks,” according to court documents.

    After the assault, prosecutors said, G.M.C. left the room, but some of his concerned friends checked on her. Mary was found on the floor vomiting, and she was driven home by a friend’s mother.

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    When Mary woke up the following morning, she was confused about her torn clothing and bruises on her body, and told her mother she feared “sexual things had happened at the party” without her consent, court documents said.

    Over the next several months, she learned that G.M.C. had shared the video among friends, but, when confronted, he denied recording the encounter and said the friends were lying, according to court documents.

    Eventually, Mary learned that the boy had continued to share the video, prompting her mother to contact the authorities and ultimately pursue criminal charges in 2017.

    In September 2017, the Monmouth County prosecutor’s office recommended that the case be tried in adult criminal court in part because the boy’s actions were “sophisticated and predatory.”

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    “At the time he led Mary into the basement gym, she was visibly intoxicated and unable to walk without stumbling,” the prosecutor wrote. “For the duration of the assault, the lights in the gym remained off and the door was barred by a foosball table. Filming a cellphone video while committing the assault was a deliberate act of debasement.”

    The prosecutor said that the boy lied to Mary in the following months, while simultaneously sharing the video.

    “This was neither a childish misinterpretation of the situation, nor was it a misunderstanding,” the prosecutor wrote. “G.M.C.’s behavior was calculated and cruel.”

    In an interview, Christopher J. Gramiccioni, the county prosecutor said, “This is conduct that should be punished in adult court.”

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    “We subscribe to the idea that the juvenile system is supposed to be rehabilitative,” he said. “But when you’re dealing with charges as serious as these, it’s a whole different ball of wax.”

    Mitchell J. Ansell, a lawyer for the teenage boy, did not return requests for comment.

    Mr. Gramiccioni said New Jersey has a progressive juvenile system: Juvenile cases are not shown to juries, juvenile records are kept from public view and sentences are typically more lenient than when a person is tried as an adult.

    A recent law made it illegal to try defendants younger than 15 as adults.

    On July 30, 2018, Judge Troiano denied the waiver to try the teenager as an adult, arguing that prosecutors had abused their discretion.

    Judge Troiano said there was a “distinction” between “a sexual assault and a rape.”

    He said “the traditional case of rape” generally involved two or more males using a gun or weapon to corner a victim into an abandoned house, shed or shack, “and just simply taking advantage of the person as well as beating the person, threatening the person.”

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    It was under those egregious circumstances, he said, that the state would try a juvenile in adult court.

    He delved into the facts of the case, questioning “whether or not this young lady was intoxicated to the point that she didn’t understand what was going on.”

    He said the boy’s actions were not sophisticated or predatory, and dismissed G.M.C.’s text messages as “just a 16-year-old kid saying stupid crap to his friends.”

    “This young man comes from a good family who put him into an excellent school where he was doing extremely well,” the judge said. “His scores for college entry were very high.”

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    The appellate decision criticized the judge, writing that rather than focusing on whether prosecutors met the necessary standards for a waiver, “the judge decided the case for himself.”

    The judge overstepped in deconstructing the circumstances of the case, making his own assessment of the boy’s culpability and considering the defendant’s prior good character, the appellate panel said.

    “His consideration of these elements, however, sounded as if he had conducted a bench trial on the charges rather than neutrally reviewed the State’s application,” the panel said.

    In 2004, Judge Troiano imposed a gag order to prohibit people in a courtroom from discussing the high-profile case of two Montclair High School football players accused of sexually assaulting a schoolmate. The charges were eventually dropped.

    Luis Ferré-Sadurní writes about housing in New York City for the Metro Desk. He joined The Times in 2017 and is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. @luisferre

    Correction: July 3, 2019
    An earlier version of a credit on an image caption with this article misidentified the court where the document text in the image is from. It is the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, not the Supreme Court of New Jersey Appellate Division.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    I understand that BUT with this new tax plan that trump made it was more money in the pockets of those corporations than what the city and states were offering I’m speaking on all the companies that announced they raised minimum wage and will be offering more jobs BECAUSE of the Trump tax plan that opened up more money for them. IMO deals were made behind closed doors and they openly gave trump credit for it

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    ??? ion care I’m making a statement damn it!!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    I just have a big cup of water handy

  • DeJeri

    Me either. I never knew that it was appropriated by hate groups.

  • DeJeri

    0 respect for a " political activist" who didn't even bother to vote.

  • Larisa

    Get off your high horse. We’re all people. Common sense is common sense no matter your color

  • hottlanta

    I was rotflmao when l saw turtle faced mcconnell had something to say but he has nothing publically to say about dump. Governor of arkansas taking people jobs away n yet they want people to wotk.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    WHO are all these people who feel the need to speak on behalf of Kaepernick?! He's got a mouth AND an audience!
    He can speak for himself.
    And who wants 13 Colonies on their feet except Betsy Ross and her momma anywayz?! https://media0.giphy.com/media/QAz9NxHHg1oQEP6EaT/giphy.gif

  • Rita

    Right.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Hell I don't even want to see it when I log back in ... out of sight out of mind ???

  • Rita

    It's 80million. Now somebody lying..

  • Alextra Ballard

    OT: Coco Gauff wins agane at Wimbledon? ??

  • Larisa

    Ok, why should Nike pull their product because some people are unreasonably sensitive and dumb?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Str8 Trolls?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    How bout some chocolate milk?

  • hottlanta

    They called those shoes "slave air".????????

  • Larisa

    Lol

  • ClaireHuxtable

    You cookin?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Say That!!
    The White House should actually be The Black House!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    What time should we roll thru? About 3-4?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Exactly. Let him speak for himself.

  • Mo Laughz

    I'm starting to believe the rumor that the NFL had to give up major Nike shares to Kap in the undisclosed settlement. Nike bows down to him too many times, they have the resources, power, and reach to send him into obscurity, yet they give in every time..suspect!
    But Nike knew they were dead da fuk wrong to start with, they might as well have slapped a good ol dixie flag on the back of them shoes.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Oh nooooo I don’t drink cow tiddy milk ????? (That’s whole other topic) ?

  • dontgetblocked

    Really? This is just stupid. The American flag is part of American history. Leave if you don't like it.

  • Pamela

    Are you non-African American?

  • Larisa

    No ma’am

  • Larisa

    I mean yes I’m not African American

  • Pamela

    ???

  • ClaireHuxtable
  • ClaireHuxtable

    Ask Nike.
    Please believe that whatever they do they're not losing any money.

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Yea AND hell naw. Comes to find out while they being all Kumbaya My Lord with Kap...they still giving Republican party more than they give Dem Party. So not all here for Nike either

  • Larisa

    I’ve already boycotted them

  • Pamela

    Okay

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Good for you, Larisa.

  • Renee26

    Sigh I'm not reading all that... The 1st few paragraphs were enough... Disgusting

  • Renee26

    ???

  • Renee26

    Yup... Maria's dumb question askin ass

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Sickening. The judges who try these cases think that boys from "good families" wear halos.
    Affluenza.

  • Larisa

    And I’ll be filing a lawsuit

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Bout 5 chile ...... lolololol bout 5

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    ??

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    See all the species confused the cow want human tiddy milk and humans want cow tiddy milk ?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    We aint fallin for that, Jen! You aint leavin us no scraps. That let's me know we should be there at 2 l0l!
    I'm gettin me some potato salad this time!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    LOL!! It's all these chemicals. Errybody is confused.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Showing your white ass again

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I just looked up the photos from Obama's second inauguration on January 20, 2013. There were 2 gigantic Betsy Ross flags hanging above the stage where Obama was sworn in. He didn't seem to object to the flags. When did Kaepernick become the spokesperson for Black people? ?????

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Nope. ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Good for you. Don't let anyone tell you when to be outraged. ????

  • Bushbabe

    He has been indoctrinated into some subversive ideology. I my self will be leary of the fake people who are outraged over nothing.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You're taking three days off? I guess I'll take off Friday, too! Enjoy your weekend! ??

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Ok. Got 'cha.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Enjoy your holiday weekend. Be safe!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Enjoy your Fourth of July holiday!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Don't eat too murch! Enjoy your weekend.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Figures. *dialing # for Smokeybone's carryout*

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • RaginBee

    Sandra can you do a post on body language for a particular FB live video?? What’s your email ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    My email is sandra @ sandrarose.com.

  • Michelle

    See this is where you show your ignorance. That particular flag “Betsy Ross” is used as a “substitute “ confederate flag by white nationalists so when you see that flag it’s just a more politically correct confederate flag. Allows them to hide in plain sight. Research first before you just go off of what the blog says. She doesn’t like Kapp so she’s not going to give you the real reason behind it

  • Allihave2say

    Every time I touch my earrings and now this gif I think of James Hardin saying . Khloe smells like earring backs.

  • Bushbabe

    Did it hide in plain site at Obama's 2 inauguration? The Arabs were the first one to sell us into slavery but are you asking them for reperations? Colin's girlfriends ansestors sold our ansestors into salvery and that is why we are here.

  • DroneRivers

    We need more minorities on the bench, at the prosecution table, etc. Then maybe the scales of justice will actually start to become balanced. These White male judges always manage to show so much compassion for these young White males committing heinous acts. And they won't hesitate to throw the book at a young Black male. They'll throw the entire library.

  • TwitterFingerz

    Why don’t they just have him in every creative meeting before they put a product out. Obviously what he says is law somehow.

  • Bushbabe

    The focus only on Africa's relations with the West, but not on its rela-
    tions with other regions, also raises some uncomfortable issues. Not only

    the Westem world, but also the Arab world, looked to Africa for slaves.
    For both Ali Mazrui and J. F. Ade Ajayi, the discomfort of focusing only
    on the West is easily solved. Mazrui believes that the Arab slave trade

    was qualitatively different from the Atlantic trade. The Western slavers
    were the most race-conscious, asserts Mazrui, whereas ''Islam went further
    than others to encourage emczncipa/ion of slaves'', and also had several other
    customs which made it possible to integrate slaves into free society, for

    3. "Draft Declaration of the African Regional Preparatory Conference for the World
    Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Into-
    lerance", WCR/RCONF/DAKAR/2001/L.I Rev. 3, 24 January 2001, pars. 19,
    20 and 38, available at http://www.africapolicy.org/docsOI/wcar0101.htm .

  • DroneRivers

    Why is leaving always the first thing certain people jump to? White people, especially, love to say this BS. If we don't like certain things about this country what's wrong with asking that they be changed? Isn't that what a democracy is all about? trump ran for president listing a whole heap of stuff he thought was wrong with America. Even implied the country wasn't great. Funny, I don't recall anyone telling HIM to leave. Who the hell leaves their country just because they don't like certain things that are happening? Cuz I know I, for one, will not be going a damn place. I am just as entitled to be here as anyone else. And probably more entitled than some who seem to think they own this country. Black people helped build this joint. For FREE. Blood, sweat and tears all in the infrastructure of this country. I will ALWAYS speak out when I see something I feel is wrong. And whoever doesn't like it can be the one to fuggin leave.

  • Bushbabe

    Then act like it and stop complaining. Africans and black people have it the hardest in Arab states and Asia . So you need to be more careful of how you frame your argument when concerning the most progressive country in the world.

  • DroneRivers

    I haven't complained once in this post but if I wanted to, I damn well could and would. That's the beauty of freedom of speech. It's isn't just for oppressors.

    And I don't care about what's happening in Arab states and Asia as much as I care about improving life for Blacks here at HOME. Just because it's better for us here than there doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. I'm not gonna just be satisfied because they have it worse. https://media0.giphy.com/media/xUOxeVDxKi7UQVS9ck/giphy.gif

  • Wile E. Coli

    What's wrong with asking that they be changed?

    You can NOT change history. For christ's sake.

  • Wile E. Coli

    what a load of shit.

  • chrissy w

    I'm really starting to love this dude.

  • DroneRivers

    I'm not asking that history be changed. You can't possibly be that obtuse.

  • Wile E. Coli

    yes.. you actually are. And you're asking based on misinformation.

  • DroneRivers

    No, I'm not. You don't even know what I want to be changed because I didn't specify it. I was speaking in general terms in response to the "leave if you don't like it" comment because I find it to be insensitive, dismissive and entitled.

  • DroneRivers

    No, I'm not. You don't even know what I want to be changed because I didn't specify it. I was speaking in general terms in response to the "leave if you don't like it" comment because I find it to be insensitive, dismissive and entitled.

  • Ryan

    ** The link that lists the source as being the "Wall Street Journal" actually goes to a website called the Washington Examiner. ? **

  • Queen B

    I knew bc my daughter had to make one of the Betsy Ross flags that she designed. My daughter did it for a class project

  • Ryan

    Day 6,058 without this fool letting a single pro-black thought escape from their dry thin lips: http://media2.giphy.com/media/fs0r5olknYHjFB703e/giphy.gif

  • DroneRivers

    Sounds like you're being "unjustly sensitive".

  • Jethro
  • Wreckognize Game

    Ok, Lawrisa. Good luck with that?

  • Larisa

    I don’t need luck I got God

  • Larisa

    I was joking

  • DroneRivers

    So was I. Sorta. But not really.

  • DroneRivers

    What?! They're not going to air his campaign rally disguised as a 4th of July parade?! Good for them!

  • Larisa

    You seriously don’t think that this flag thing is stupid? Ten years ago nobody would have batted an eyelash at the flag. Considering Obama used he very same flag at his inauguration

  • Wreckognize Game

    Yes, God would be on the right side of that.

  • Larisa

    Yes, he’s be on the side of former President Obama who proudly displayed the 13 star American flag at his inauguration.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Getting sworn in as President of the United States that once was 13 colonies that’s fine for President Obama to take an oath in front that flag. If you are on that side of good then GREAT. ??

  • Larisa

    Why is that ok ?

  • Wreckognize Game

    ?????

  • Larisa

    So you don’t really know anything about it

  • Wreckognize Game

    I do but you should’ve understood it when I said it. Since you need an explanation you might not be just doing it as he did. It was fun chatting with you though.

  • Larisa

    Sure

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Enjoy your blog day off. Thank you for keeping me entertained. xo

  • Jethro

    I am so tired of this MF just getting away with everything. President Obama would've been under Fort Leavenworth by now.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    From People Magazine
    “As La La and Carmelo have been living apart for quite some time, La La is proceeding with legal discussions as the next step in their relationship,” a representative for the Power star says in a statement to PEOPLE.
    “They will remain loving and committed parents to their son.” ...... but then again we already knew this!

  • Jethro

    Good catch. Just goes to show how righties have no faith in their own "news" sources. ?????

  • DroneRivers

    We sure did! Might as well because they're not fooling their son.

  • Jethro

    Fox "News" will probably have lead-ins and summaries longer than the Russia-influenced parade itself.

  • Pamela

    Blocked

  • Rhyme and Reason

    You were VERY clear!

  • DroneRivers

    Thanks, I thought so too lol

  • DroneRivers

    Lol

  • Pamela

    Yep.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Nike’s not bowing down to Kap! If, his Nike products or endorsement didn’t generate massive sales, his voice would be mute!

    There is also a mostly unreported franchise of whites, who are tire of racism, and can admit the disparities. They openly acknowledge “white privilege!”

    Kap also represent “mixed race” or “biracial” youth and families, and advertisers are pandering to them!

    Nike is STILL apart of the “good ole boys” multinational corporate network! Blacks spend a lot of money with Nike with Jordan’s alone! They knew the Betsy Ross flag would create a buzz! Why not just use a current American flag. They knew Kap would object!

    Stores that removed all Nike products in protest, suffered!

  • Pamela

    This dumbazz ain't never been right about anything. He's a joke.

  • Pamela

    Block this MF

  • Lady” Youngblood

    Great job son. Keep your foot on there neck, they gon learn

  • Pamela

    OT: Apparently that 33 yr old monster that killed his 8-month pregnant 21 yr old girlfriend, his mom is a judge in a neighboring county in Mississippi. I hope justice will prevail nonetheless .

  • Shenanigans1

    And she better stay tf out of it. She needs to accept the fact that she raised a da*n monster.

  • Shenanigans1

    I’m guessing him missing her bday and those pics were where she drew the line. She didn’t want to actually SEE him with the woman.

  • Well$$Well$$?

    Black folks weren't even considered human beings during this time period so fukk that flag...

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Embarrassing...

  • TwitterFingerz

    True

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Right! She just thought that 'cheaper to keep her her' cliche was n gonna work on her favor thinking he wasn't gonna fawk up again. But what she FAIL TO REALIZE IS THAT HES A REAL NUCCA and not some Hollywood NBA husband. That plastic fake is and all the lipo and not workout results body don't really float A REAL NUCCA BOAT! He got with her at first because she was a natural looking black Puerto Rican woman but when she became that wife who was done having more kids and more interesested in being Kardashian like he was like OITTA THUR! She trying to make her OWN MONEY BUT SHE AINT THE BUTTER. She need some of HIS MONEY TOO to maintain the facade. She DONT WANT NOBODY ELSE TO HAVE HIM whilst she dip in the Lilly pond and really checking for no other dude but bumping uglies with "HER"

  • TransMichelle
  • Brooklyn23

    Times when I went into my kids school exactly at the time when the bell rang and they would start playing the star spangle banner shit Id be the only one not engaging in putting my hand to my chest (however it goes I dont even remember, too much weed smoke n stress lol))and be saying to myself fck this shit, Im not pledging to nothing nada or nobody. 4th july another day to me. And yes I like me some Kaepernick. He looks like he's from yemen

  • GuestSTAR

    As the election nears it's only going to get worse.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    1 child dead, 3 critically injured and 1 missing as authorities search for Oklahoma couple

    ST. LOUIS – Authorities are searching for an Oklahoma couple charged with child abuse and neglect after three of their children were found in critical condition, one child found dead, and one child missing.

    On June 10, a “failure to appear” warrant was issued in Jackson County, Oklahoma for 27-year-old Hakim Mustafa Moore and 29-year-old Robin Alexander after they were charged with three counts of child abuse, one count of child neglect and one count of enabling child neglect.

    Altus, Missouri authorities received information that Moore and Alexander then fled to St. Louis, where police and a U.S. Marshals Task Force are asking for the public’s help in finding them.

    U.S. Marshals said three of their children are currently in state custody and are currently listed in critical condition.

    Officials found the fourth child dead, and the fifth child has not been located. Authorities said the fifth child was born in a hotel room and has never received official documentation.

    Both agencies are requesting the public’s help to locate these subjects and find the fifth child.

    The US Marshals Service is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the couple’s arrest.

    Anyone with information is urged to contact 911, or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

  • Ni Ni

    Exactly! She needs to step aside.

  • Parent

    Happy 4th my dear Roses, especially you Ms. Sandra!

  • Kanyade
  • Kanyade

    Happy fireworks and barbecue day everybody!

  • Dowoop

    No shit Sherlock.

  • Dowoop

    Most people try to fix their own neck of the woods before they run off fixing somewhere else.

  • Wile E. Coli

    What a load of shit. Slaves? My GOD you people can be boldly stupid.

  • Dowoop

    What in the entire fuck!

  • Wile E. Coli

    Learn to edit.

  • Angela Marsh

    same to you!

  • CookieMobster

    This is freaking sick. Why continue to have babies you are aren't going to love and appreciate them?????

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile.... Rape victims have it HORRIBLE!
    Could you IMAGINE a FEMALE judge saying that a 12 year old wont be scarred by getting raped?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    It stated they BEEN living apart which explains why they weren’t together for her birthday

  • Wreckognize Game

    Slaves was the only word you picked out of that paragraph?? My GOD sees all the truly stupid and hateful people. Carry on, go burn your Betsy Ross flag and a cross elsewhere.

  • CookieMobster

    Happy 4th y'all. SO... our neighbor turned us on to a new pork seasoning last weekend. The name is terrible and blasphemous BUT It is called "Meat Church, the Holy Gospel" I know, so terrible, BUT I bought some to put on these ribs and man oh man it smell like heaven!!!!!

  • Karen Brady

    Nooooo.....stopppppppp......you can't be nice. I BEEN blocked 'IT'.

  • Bushbabe

    Lived his whole life as a white man with a white family. As soon as he started dating the Arab mistress he wants to enslave black people with his foolishness. Slavery days are over and black people need to stop drinking this poison he is selling and right him off.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Chile im wearing bright fushia aint been no 4th for us since obeezy. Enjoy yall day tho

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Dang sound good af

  • TransMichelle

    Thank You..!!

  • C Mack

    She hasn’t intervened yet though. We’ll see

  • Renee26

    So sad...bet they lived off the grid and are some sort of religious nuts

  • Renee26

    Pledging allegiance to the flag is idol worship, that's what my mother taught me. I never participated either and don't plan to

  • KJBibleOnSlavShips

    not all Africans participated in sslavery!!!

  • E Ethel Ballys

    Kapernick is nothing but a mouthpiece for his racist Egyptian girlfriend. Maybe he should address how blacks are treated in Egypt by Muslims like her.

  • E Ethel Ballys

    White ppl don’t care about any of that stuff. For your information, the Betsy Ross Flag was created in 1777. Not a single country in the entire Western Hemisphere has banned slavery at that time. Slavery was everywhere and this flag had nothing to do with it.

  • E Ethel Ballys

    Slavery was legal throughout the entire Western Hemisphere in 1777.

  • B. Wynn

    We've been here since before anyone else dummy. You leave!!!

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Writes this down...

  • Eileen

    white folks letting ka-punk-nick mess with that money? don't think so!
    Is this guy working in the community or is he just lingering on his knee?

  • Eileen

    I know that!
    General statement thats all

  • Michelle

    That Muslim girlfriend of his that has singlehandedly ruined his career won't rest until this man's in the ground. It's just a matter of time before he's caught having shenanigans with Isis. Bet on it....

  • Bashi22

    She already knew he had someone because they lived apart. I bet you she send the paparazzi to capture pictures of him and the girl. Great PR write up for a divorced.

  • DroneRivers

    All the felons abusing drugs and beating their wives couldn't kill the NFL, but a man who quietly kneeled on the sideline did? Oh, ok.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Russian bot.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    And that absolves American slavery, how?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Especially business.

  • Pamela

    The ignorance is real with Eileen. Done blocked her years ago. Ain't got time to engage with ignorance.

  • TransMichelle

    These people are delusional. They're not "thinkers" they are "followers" trained like dogs to sit and rollover. There's no help for them whatsoever...! Thanks for the photo.

  • TransMichelle

    Uhm yeah...it's obvious. The drug abusers and wife beaters were told to get their sh^t together or they are out. Colin The Cancer was political and started a movement that only turned people away from the NFL destroying his own career in the process. He's a patsy a trained puppet to start chaos ..PERIOD..!

  • 11pink123

    none of it makes sense. I know Nike aint stupid enough to give Kp that kind of control and even if they did, they would not wait until they start shipping out shoes to get his approval.

    This is publicity stunt to start a race war, so that white ppl will start buying Nikes. Because now that I think about it, these new kids do not give af about Nike or airmax or Jordans the way that the past generations did and them airmax is ugly af. Those are not even the legit ones that black ppl buy, not with that tacky plastic Nike sign of the side. Nike know exactly what they are doing.

  • E Ethel Ballys

    All countries make mistakes. There was nothing more evil about the US at that time than Belize, Argentina, Brazil, Haiti, Mexico or any other country that had slaves. Slavery was just 1 aspect of America.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    I think he ruined his career himself!

  • OUBoyWonder

    I bet you $1,000,000 yo ass isnt going anywhere else. Talking shit about my country and you are sitting RIGHT HERE when you can go anywhere else in the entire world. I swear on everything I love yo ass isnt going a damn place so shut up. Sick of people talking about my country, they can leave, they don't, they keep bitching like Betas. GTFO

  • OUBoyWonder

    It doesn't but at at some point we have to quit hanging on that, pick ourselves up and MOVE FORWARD. I cannot fathom how it must feel to be a grown ass adult and still moaning and blaming. Sounds like a girlfriend that you cheated on, she stays with you but every chance she gets she throws in your face you cheated on her. Stop being a damn Beta, we have enough of those in the black community. We need Alphas.

  • Shenanigans1

    That’s why I said what I said. They probably had a deal to where he couldn’t openly be with other women. Shoot it probably was a thing where they were going to wait until their son got older to officially divorce.

  • wigmon68

    Not just western. it was rampant in africa, middle east, europe, pretty much across the globe. slavery still exists in africa today.

  • datjerk

    Um....whet?

  • Michelle

    I’m not asking ANYBODY for reservations. You one of those “Thomas Jefferson wasn’t racist because he had black kids” type of people. We already know people of every race has been slaves in their country to someone’s tribe or Kingdom. What tf does that have to do with July 2019 and what we are talking about now. Just STFU

  • Miss Thang

    It absolutely was more evil because they created a system and culture of racism around it.

  • Miss Thang

    I’m going to Canada.

  • E Ethel Ballys

    That system and culture of racism existed in Brazil, Honduras, Belize, Jamaica, and in every other in the Western Hemisphere.

  • Miss Thang

    No it did not. Jamaica did not have KKK and Jim Crow laws.

  • Bushbabe

    Hey dummy before you let Colin the troll walk you of a ledge. ..
    Here's a few facts Colin overlooked when he decided to protest yet another one of our traditions and institutions:

    Betsy Ross was a Quaker
    Quakers were abolitionists
    Betsy Ross lived in Philadelphia
    Slavery was illegal in Philadelphia
    Betsy Ross never owned slaves

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Why aren't the same people telling Jews to get over the Holocaust or tell the rednecks to get over losing the Civil War?

    Hell Germany is still paying reparations to Jews.

    Go PHUCK yourself!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Slavery wasn't a mistake.

    Germany is still paying reparations to Jews and their descendants of the Holocaust.

    The problem is that America doesn't want to reconcile with its deviant history.

  • Jethro
  • E Ethel Ballys

    Only 5% of African slaves went to the US. The rest went to Brazil, Chilrle, Belize, Jamaica, etc. How many of those other countries that had slaves have paid reparations? I’ll wait.....

  • E Ethel Ballys

    Jamaica was 100% black anyways. Brazil had “social apartheid” so did Columbia, which is like Jim Crow.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Frankly I don't hear Kap saying Anything!

  • Miss Thang

    More lies.

  • E Ethel Ballys

    Keep living in ignorance.

  • E Ethel Ballys

    Not to the media this time, but to Nike.

  • Reille Vander

    omg. i thought same thing while reading this.

  • Reille Vander

    his gf hosts a show and bragged how she talked kappernick in to knealing..

  • Reille Vander

    i had pulled pork sanwhich and almost choked to death. it was so chewy.

  • Reille Vander

    that’s the beauty of America. you are allowed to hate it.

  • Reille Vander

    who?

  • Reille Vander

    they pay for advertising that’s why. like TMZ will link to toofab.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Oh thanks, that interesting! Thanks!!

  • TheOwley

    Betsy Ross was an abolitionist from a Quaker background. Quakers were on board to end slavery. Quakers were vital to the American Underground Railroad to free slaves. Objecting to Betsy Ross shows how utterly ignorant this man is of US history. That flag proudly flew during Obama's inauguration.

    Kaepernick in the meanwhile idolizes Che Guevarra, a murdered who killed blacks in Cuba because he didn't like black people. Black man walks in the streets, he pulls a gun, and take him down as target practice. That's Kaepernicks hero. He also idolizes Fidel Castro in spite of the fact that Castro has enslaved an entire island, people of all races and creed. Castro is responsible for the demise of a country yet Kaepernick admired him, loved him. Of course he's not alone. Many black celebs celebrate Castro and Che.

    Colin is a bitter pos and it will not end well for him.

  • TheOwley

    The felons you speak of also gave the NFL a black eye. They have gotten better as the teams have lowered the boom on them; misbehave and you are out. Colin added to the issue, so no, he's not alone in the taking down of the NNFL.

  • TheOwley

    No they were not. But Quaker Betsy Ross was part of the Underground Freedom movement to end slavery. Learn history and don't be ignorant like Colin. Something else is driving Colin here. He could care less about you about black people. His whole life says so. Then when the NFL was done with him, he came running to black folks to set up his stage. Aren't you tired of that crap. While Nike is doing well, don't forget many black athletes represent that brand. Less money means less contract money for them. In the meanwhile this a-hole made his. He is a destroyer who is dying inside.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL I don't live in Brazil, Chile, Belize or Jamaica.

  • Bushbabe

    Betsy was a Quaker and her people worked with Harriet Tubman. The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) played a major role in the abolition movement against slavery in both the United Kingdom and in the United States of America

  • Michelle

    Who said she did?? You are talking about a whole bunch of NOTHING. I never said anything about Betsy Ross that’s just the name of the flag they could’ve called it Piss for all I care. But like I said, you keep dancing around the issue because your goal is to prove a point instead of being right. I said what I SAID!! Be gone scram you raggedy musty mouse

  • Jethro
  • Bushbabe

    The point is you are not a logical thinker and are lead by your irrational feelings. Feelings change facts don't.

  • AListDiva29

    He should of spent more time researching what this meant, instead of wanting attention. Sadly American history is racist, homophobic and sexist, but its our history! We can't fix the past, but we can do better going forward!