Something tells me if some of these people were standing in line looking for a job and not sitting outside of a mall waiting for some Chinese made sneakers with a multi-hundred millionaire’s name on them that their families would be considerably better off:
Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) –Â Witnesses say Louisville Metro Police had to break up a fight early today at Jefferson Mall over the release of a new style of sneakers.
Officers were on the sceneÂ where witnesses told WDRB that 75 to 100 people were reportedly in a fight over pairs of the new Air Jordan Eleven Retro Concords.
One witness claimed that a security guard was trampled by the crowd waiting for several shoe stores to open early. That claim could not be independently verified, as WDRB News was not allowed inside the mall.
At least eight police cars were on scene. Sources with the mall claim they were already there to provide security.
From the Keynesian / KrugmaniacÂ perspective, look at all of the jobs this melee helped to create or save.Â The riot police called in to maintain order and make arrests (plus overtime!), the booking agents who would log them into the jail, the ambulance drivers who would pick up the wounded, the therapists who could counsel them,Â the locksmith to prepare new fences for the stores and the janitors to clean up the blood.Â And, of course, the welfare office who cut the checks that allowed these folks with such misplaced priorities to use their cash on hand for something this important to begin.
This riot is probably the greatest thing to happen to this particular strip mall since October 2008.
“I got the love for the ‘Js,’ you feel me?” said Brandon Betts, a customer who purchased the shoes.Â “Look at the box! The box is cold!”
“Man it’s crazy in there: people getting run over and security guards getting trampled and stuff,” he added.Â “They almost tried to arrest us!”
Sources with the Mall deny that there was a fight and say no police report was made out.
Correction:Â No jobs were created for booking agents logging anyone into a jail for these various felonies.Â And from North Carolina:
PINEVILLE, NC (WBTV) â€“ Dozens of police officers had to break up fights and restore order at a local mall while shoppers were waiting for an overnight sale of a popular tennis shoe.
WTF is it about tennis shoes?Â They don’t make you jump any higher or run faster.Â Michael Jordan retired from basketball almost a decade ago.Â Now, this could just be the cracker in me talking, but are tennis shoes important enough to add another candle to the Kwanzaa menorah?
You’ve got Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumbaa, Imani and Air Jordans.Â Air Jordans being the last candle.Â The highest.Â The culmination of all of your race-based collectivist couch-sweating labors.
In a related story, Eric “We’re Cowards On Race” Holder brought a federal lawsuit against South Carolina today for daring to ask voters to show some form of identification in order to vote:
The Justice Department on Friday entered the divisive national debate over new state voting laws, rejecting South Carolinaâ€™s measure requiring photo-identification at the polls as discriminatory against minority voters.The decision by Justiceâ€™s Civil Rights Division could heighten political tensions over the new laws, which critics say could depress turnout among minorities and others who helped elect President Obama in 2008.A dozen states this year passed laws requiring voters to present state-issued photo identification, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Just how is this related to a story about people rioting over Christmas tennis shoes?Â Maybe because if showing some form of official ID to vote was such a hardship that all of these people standing in line to pay $200 for a pair of tennis shoes could, I dunno, take their Granny or Auntie to the DMV to get a $15 driver’s license.Â The wait would be less too as well as not being out in the cold.
Voting with Their Feet:
Do Blacks care more about tennis shoes than their right to vote?
Â In Tennessee, we have to show a government issued photo ID to buy 8 tablets of Sudafed and enter our names in a DEA Registry if we want to effectively combat allergy season.Â Yet, somehow, exercising your right to vote – the ultimate franchise – shouldn’t require anything more than showing up at the poll of your choice several times a day and show nothing save the cartons of cigarettes and “walking around money” that Eric Holder gave your preacher.
Taking time away from his busy schedule of murdering border agents, funneling illegal arms to and money laundering for Mexican drug cartels, AG Holder had these comments earlier this month regarding those who have an entire year to figure out a way to get a Photo ID in between their hectic tennis shoe rioting schedule:
Holder expressed concern about the new laws in the Dec. 13 address, saying: â€œAre we willing to allow this era â€“ our era â€“ to be remembered as the age when our nationâ€™s proud tradition of expanding the franchise ended?â€™â€™
At the same time, Holder vowed to not let politics affect his departmentâ€™s review. â€œWeâ€™re doing this in a very fair, apolitical way,â€™â€™ he said in a recent interview with The Washington Post. â€œWe donâ€™t want anybody to think that there is a partisan component to anything we are doing.â€™â€™
Of course, not.Â Politics plays no part whatsoever inÂ suing those racists in red states for affirming the identity of their voters and preventing fraud at the polls using the same standard as buying a six-pack of beer or cigarettes.
And if you believe that, I have some Black Panthers standing outside of a voting stationÂ in Philadelphia to sell you.