Michael Jordan: The Nike Prison Industrial Complex Connection


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America, that certain sector of American society, that is, cannot get enough of its addiction to slavery.

According to Global Research, March 31, 2014, contributor Vicky Palaez says “[Former] Oregon State Representative Kevin Mannix recently urged Nike to cut its production in Indonesia and bring it to his state, telling the shoe manufacturer that “there won’t be any transportation costs; we’re offering you competitive prison labor (here).”

In other words, the back message from Mannix to Nike is that ‘we’ can bring the jobs back to the United States now, where the labor is even cheaper than it is in Indonesia – and where workers will be treated even worse – legally.

Pretty good spin for a company that is selling cheaply-made foot hardware at a premium just because it has Michael Jordan’s permission to use his name on a label. Pretty good spin for a Black man whom many have begun to see as a contributory cause to something that is only expected of white men.

Palaez’s report, “The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?” revealed some very specific information that we have known for a long time – mostly Black and Hispanic persons in the United States of America have, situationally, become a new kind of slave in America.

And the pay they receive, at $20 – $30 per month (yes, PER MONTH) is just enough for them to argue that it’s certainly not “free” labor — they pay about 17-cents an hour. Just enough to bypass being called “Massa.”

Yeah, NIKE, do whatever you have to do to make yourself feel better about legal enslavement in a nation that outlawed it nearly 150 years ago.

Skirting the Constitution while making a killing in profits is a slippery slope, especially when the non-incarcerated counterparts of those Blacks and Hispanics are still dunking at more than a 10-percent rate of unemployment as of April 2014.

While prison industry labor booms, American unemployment for persons of color still stagnates. But at least we know what happened to the jobs.

It would make a lot more sense if these prisoner/slaves (the non-violent ones, of course) were paid to work off their fines, pay down their debt to society and have it count, and have enough left over for commissary for snacks, socks, and phone calls so that they aren’t making their mothers sacrifice $18 a pop for a 5-minute collect call; but…that would be too much like the ‘right’ thing to do and not the ‘white thing’ to do.

Yes, America continues to have a love affair with slavery.

The corporate plantation owners simply do not want to reconcile themselves to the fact that they are notentitled to free labor under ANY circumstances.

If they want entitlement to free labor, then their tax rate needs to be no less than 55-percent in order to help subsidize the people that they do not want to pay so their government can have their backs.

The movement of the money keeps corporations rolling in dough that never truly gets reinvested back into the American economy.

Yet, if they (‘they’ know who they are) had not been busy crashing out Blacks, Hispanics, and poor whites before they ran out of political toys to play with and made a wrong move on middle America, Barack Obama would likely never have become President.

If they were not addicted to slavery, the unemployment rates would be far lower than five-percent across the board. As a matter of fact, given those stats, the American economy should never have crashed in the first place.

But maybe they weren’t expecting the public backlash that led to Obama’s election.

Or some of them may have figured that the few who would squawk about it were easily quashed with media-driven ploys like “they are crazy,” “she is disgruntled,” “they’ll get over it,” and “he is just a conspiracy theorist.”

Complicit in this nouveau slavery are the following named companies:

  • IBM
  • Boeing
  • Motorola
  • Microsoft
  • AT&T Wireless
  • Texas Instrument
  • Dell
  • Compaq
  • Honeywell
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Nortel
  • Lucent Technologies
  • 3Com
  • Intel
  • Northern Telecom
  • TWA
  • Nordstrom’s
  • Revlon
  • Macy’s
  • Pierre Cardin
  • Target Stores, and the list goes on.

It comes as no surprise then that Mr. Mannix would make that statement to Nike, the major producers of shoes, clothing, sports gear, fan gear, and Kids’ Jordan.

Even though Michael Jordan is nothing more than a highly-paid meer-slave who only lends his name to a line of sports gear that he really does not ‘own’ own, there are more than a good shipload of Black people – particularly the young – who are influenced by the label that bears his name.

The prison industrial complex is bad enough, but when those who are in for non-violent offenses are forced to work for $20-$30 a month, yes, a MONTH, then something is gravely and insidiously evil about it. Add to that the fact that $300 million in annual profit margins surged to more than $2 Billion in short order and this country still bled jobs while the national deficit went up to trillions, something is amiss and the “conspiracy theorists” aren’t as far-fetched as some would have us to believe.

Now comes the piece de la resistance – Jordan, a man with a known reputation for having a ‘blinging nasty attitude’ overall, meets up with a (former?) fan who has his own fan base, Chamillionaire.

This prison-backing Black man who profits off the shoe market built mostly by Black men puts the icing on the ignoramus cake by telling that certain celebrity that he does not take pictures with “no niggers.”

Well, Mr. Ilikemike … The niggers giveth, and the niggers can certainly taketh away.

Burn baby Burn

Burn baby burn.

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