Michael Jordan: The Nike Prison Industrial Complex Connection

by | Jun 5, 2014 | Opinion | 3 comments

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.

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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….

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  1. Reneegede

    Funny to see how easy it is for white people to gaslight the shit out of Black folks and get money out of them.

    They want to wear those damned Jo-Jo’s so bad, especially the ghetto welfare mama’s who can’t afford school supplies, but can buy a $250 pair of 25-cent shoes…

    These white folks can take a picture of “any white man USA,” call him “Mike Jordan” and say “THIS IS THE MIKE JORDAN who invested in the school to prison pipelines!!!” and Black folks are lapping up that GASLIGHT TRICK like dogs lick up vomit.

    It’s not hard to see what white folks are looking at when they say Negroes are “liquid money” and easily enslaved.

    Keep doing what you’re doing, you will keep getting what you got. Don’t bitch about it, you asked for it.

  2. Tiny Molinari

    except that there are more white people in prison…oops, ruined your whole race card play..
    not sorry.

    • Reneegede

      The problem with your comment is that more white people in prison probably actually committed a real crime. About 60 to 70-percent of the Black people in prison are there on a white person’s lie. That’s a majority, that Black people are there for being Black while doing what white people get away with. White people in prison had to do something really awful, all Black people have to do to get there is be Black trying to act white.


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