Free Speech For Me, But Not For Thee: Nike is glorifying Colin Kaepernick as a martyr for free speech for “bravely” kneeling during the National Anthem and wearing socks depicting the police as pigs. We’re all supposed to admire his great “sacrifice” for his principles. But when one lone, peaceful, pro-police protester named Jimmie Cavin sat in the parking lot of a Nike store in West Little Rock – not being obnoxious or accosting anyone, just waving a “Blue Lives Matter” flag – the store manager called the cops on him.
It would be hypocritical enough for a brand that claims to be defending free speech to try to silence a critic’s free speech, but ladling on layers of irony like the toppings at a frozen yogurt bar, the store manager actually tried to squelch a protest of someone who attacks cops by calling the cops. Or as Cavin put it, “Nike called the police on the guy supporting the police for supporting the police.”
Luckily, the police quickly realized that Cavin was doing nothing wrong – just exercising his First Amendment rights! – and left him alone.
Incidentally, just to be clear and consistent: Cavin was doing this on his own time. If he had walked into his workplace and started waving a flag in customers’ faces when he was supposed to be doing his job, his boss would have been perfectly justified in telling him to put it away and get to work or he’d be fired.
See how free speech works? Obviously, Nike and Colin Kaepernick don’t.
Nike’s new slogan should be “Just blew it!”
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