Monday, December 23, 2013

Violence Spreads Across The Country Over Air Jordan Gamma 11s Release (VIDEOS)

I posted this photo on Instagram to prove that most people got their sneakers just to post that they purchased the Air Jordan 11's

I keep flip flopping, should I post or nah? Air Jordan Gamma 11s were on my Instagram timeline all weekend. Beyonce' who? Yep forgot about Bey because Michael Jordan made available his latest sneaker, the Air Jordan Gamma 11s

I spoke to a few sneakerheads to get the low down on the fascination.

Most explained that getting a fresh pair of shoes gives the owners a connection to others in their community. In fact, it is a major part of community in certain "urban" areas across America. The term for young men and boys who get hyped up for the release of a new sneaker is "Hype Beast".

Now for those who are clueless to what a "hype beast" is here is a quick definition straight from the Urban Dictionary:

"A Hype Beast is a kid that collect[sic] clothing, shoes, and accessories for the sole purpose of impressing others. Although the individual may not have a dime to their name they like to front like they are making far more then  [sic]everybody else. Equipped with mommies [sic] credit card, the Hype Beast will try his hardest to make sure he has every pair of Nike’s he saw Jay-Z wearing on 106 & Park."

Okay! So,now that we got that all cleared up, many folks like myself are outraged because of the violence that occurred over the weekend across the country over the sneakers. It went from funny memes and videos to straight one-on-one brawls and group fights. 

My question is where are the parents? 

Does Michael Jordan himself see what's going on and has anyone discussed with him what went on? Does he even care and also is this only happening in the African-American community? 

Reaction from one of my viewers "It's capitalism. If there wasn't a great demand, he couldn't charge that price. I don't blame him. I blame parenting. It's not totally a race issue but a class issue and the residual effects of poverty. Oppressed thinking leads to oppressed actions. It's just in this case affects more of one race; but really if you look beyond race it's a poverty issue."- Danielle G.

Check out a view of the videos that went from funny to not-so-funny below and tell us your thoughts.




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