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By Dr. Boyce Watkins, KultureKritic.com
I spent some time this week sharing my disappointment in the recent Nike decision to charge a whopping $315 for the new LeBron X sneakers that are set to go on sale this week. The images of poor kids in the hood lining up to spend money they don’t have to buy an overpriced piece of plastic literally sickens me. What makes me even sicker is that many of us have been so hypnotized by capitalist greed that we think it’s OK for corporations to exploit poor workers, and sit by silently while kids shoot one another over a pair of sneakers.
Of course there are more serious issues in the black community that we should be focused on, and the fact is that we are focused on those too.