by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World

I literally froze up when I saw a new design from Adidas set to hit stores in August.

Adidas' latest style

Adidas' latest style

JS Roundhouse Mids, are purple and gray, with HANDCUFFS that wrap around the ankles.  Yes, I said handcuffs…shackles….the stuff that our ancestors wore for 400 years while experiencing the most horrific atrocities imaginable, most of which were never documented in the history books and kept away from you in the educational system, all so you would be willing to put shackles on your ankles today and not be so sensitive about it.

I laughed when I saw the shoes, because I already know how many people are going to say, “Boyce, why are you overreacting?”  There is always a group of negroes who are more than happy to resubmit themselves to slavery….First, we get to watch black kids shoot one another over $200 Air Jordans that cost $12 to make.  Then, we get to watch people stand in line for a week to buy a pair of Air Yeezys.  Now, we get to watch black men willingly put shackles on their ankles because they think it’s cool to do so.

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