We ARE NOT Burning Any Nikes In Our House, We Support Nike!

Gabby asked me last night what the big deal was with Colin Kaepernick when she saw me reading an article about the recent Nike ad. Quickly I explained that he was a former football player that kneeled during the National Anthem as a way of protesting against social injustice. And, he basically lost his job for standing up for what he believed in. After that I watched the “controversial” Nike ad with her. As we watched, I told her that there were people that were boycotting Nike because they believed Nike should not support someone that decided to kneel for the National Anthem. In their minds, Kaepernick’s actions were unpatriotic. Much to my surprise Gabby said she believed that Colin Kaepernick’s actions were disrespectful. After which she  studied my face, and body language, trying to determine if I agreed with her.

As a mother I strongly believe that my job is to educate, and, not influence my children when it comes to issues such as this. After all, how can I expect my children to develop their own thoughts, ideas, and beliefs if I am constantly forcing mine on them? With that being said, I totally embrace the idea of peaceful protests against societal injustices. So, to say I nearly passed out when Gabby expressed her opinion is an understatement.

Trying to maintain a poker face (I failed), I quickly checked my feelings and focused on using this opportunity to educate Gabby.  As we talked, it became abundantly clear that my fifth grader did not understand the term social injustice so we spent some time discussing things like Black Lives Matter, gender equality, and police brutality. She carefully took it in and pondered what I had to say while asking a few questions here and there. After a little reflection she concluded that she still thought Colin Kaepernick was being disrespectful, but, she also wanted to support Nike, and, thought the ad was pretty cool. This morning, to show her support for Nike, she woke up, got dressed for school, and proudly slid her Kyrie’s on. I am one proud mom!

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Published by Tonza D. Ruffin

Perfectly Imperfect but VERY PROUD WOMAN, MOM, LAWYER, and AUTHOR, but most importantly...LIFE LOVER! I laugh loud, I work hard, I play hard, I am adventurous, I am curious, I am driven, I have moments of deep insecurity, I am loving, I am vulnerable, I am explosive (not one of my finer qualities), I dance around my house alone, I am an awful perfectionist which makes my insecurity worse, I sing out loud in my car without any concern for whose watching, I have trust issues, I do not live through my children, I no longer try to force my children into the mold that I created so that I could feel validated as a mother, I am a risk-taker, I am guarded in my personal life, I am kind, I am grateful. I am so excited about the rest of my life!

8 thoughts on “We ARE NOT Burning Any Nikes In Our House, We Support Nike!

  1. We are not burning no Nike’s in the Ash-Shakoor home either.

    Love the fact that you allowed space for your daughter to have an opinion and feel. Taking the time to educate and provide clarity is important – at the end of the day they still have an opinion regardless of whether or not they can vocalize it.

  2. I think people lose sight of the fact that we ALL as Americans have a First Amendment right to peacefully protest. Whether you agree with Colin or not, it is his right to kneel. It is your right to have an opinion about it and voice it if you so wish.

      1. It is what I call the stampede affect. In the old west if the lead bull started running, the whole heard followed him, even if he ran over a cliff, falling to his death. People are the same. If someone starts a trend people will follow them, not knowing or caring what the end result will be. People should look at both paths before running off behind a trend that could lead them away from their own thoughts about this kind of things.

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