Shortly after Nike made the announcement that the anti-law enforcement, Black Lives Matter spokesperson, and failed San Franscisco 49er’s NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, would be the face of their 30th anniversary “Just Do It’ campaign, Americans who are fed up with the disrespect for our brave men and women who wear the badge, began burning their Nike shoes and posting images on social media.
Family members of our US military men and women also made their disapproval of Nike’s attempt to make the coward who started a movement of kneeling during the playing of our national anthem as a hero to their customer. Taya Kyle knows what real sacrifice is…Her hero husband sacrificed everything for his country. Kyle decided to let Nike and Colin Kaepernick have it after the new Nike ad claims the failed football player “sacrificed everything”. You can read her viral letter here.
Now, the mayor of Kenner, LA, a large city with a population of 70,ooo has issued a directive banning booster clubs from buying any Nike athletic apparel or equipment for use at city recreation centers.
Mayor Ben Zahn sent the letter Sept. 5 to Kenner parks and recreation director Chad Pitfield.
The Hill – The mayor issued a statement on Monday explaining that his decision was meant to prevent Nike from “profiting from our taxpayers. “
“I applaud Nike’s message of inclusion and encouragement for everyone to be their best and dream big,” Zahn said in a statement obtained by The New Orleans Advocate. “But I also recognize that Nike, in its zeal to sell shoes, chose to promote and sell a political message.”
Zahn acknowledged that Nike, as a private, for-profit company, could advertise however they wanted but argued that government agencies should not endorse an agenda.
“In Kenner, like every city, our citizens and our taxpayers cover a wide spectrum of political philosophies and agendas,” Zahn wrote in a statement. “We must respect all of those agendas and philosophies.”
“So, when a company uses its advertising as its own political megaphone, government should be fair to all of its people and not allow taxpayer dollars to be used to help that company push its own political agenda,” Zahn continued.
Protesters showed up to express their anger over the mayor’s decision in Kenner. Where was their outrage when Kaepernick was disprespecting our flag? Not everyone agrees with the Mayor’s dissenters, however.