Nike Protest: My Opinion

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The Nike protests started in early September and are still a controversial issue over a month later. The protest started due to Nike’s newly released “Just Do It” campaign for the company’s 30 year anniversary. For this campaign, Nike made football player Collin Kaepernick the face of the campaign. He sparked the police brutality protest by being the first player to kneel during the national anthem. Nike has had a contract with Kaepernick since 2016. They also used other sports role models such as Serena Williams. I personally am not on either side of this protest, but I would like to express my point of view.

Collin Kaepernick was made the face of Nike’s most recent ad campaign with the quote “ Believe in something even if it means sacrificing everything” referring to his police brutality protest during the national anthem of NFL football games. What happened was that in 2016, in pre-season and during the actual seasons games, during the national anthem Kaepernick knelt to bring attention to police brutality. Due to this, he lost so much including his career. Nike later made him the face of their campaign for 2018. Due to this people have been burning articles of Nike clothing especially shoes.

Finally in my opinion I do not support these protest but still do respect the player right of freedom to protest as american citizens. I feel that Nike should not have made Kaepernick the face of their campaign, although being loyal to their contract should have been kept in light. I think that the people burning their own clothing is ridiculous. People with less than these would love to have those clothes and even shoes in general for some of them. It is not okay to take blessings for granted and I think that is what these people are doing.

A side from the point I feel that for some of us our opinions are not given the chance to be heard and I personally think that opinions deserve to be heard, just because we aren’t officially aloud to vote yet we should still be given the chance to voice are opinions, so if you have an opinion on this situation please feel free to respectfully leave it in the comments below because I would love to hear and I am sure there are others who would too.

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