Colin Kaepernick & the Nike Ad: How Will You Explain the Hate to Your Kids? by Mike Prochaska

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Colin Kaepernick & the Nike Ad: How Will You Explain the Hate to Your Kids?

Today I was reading an article about people who are burning their Nike shoes because Colin Kaepernick just signed a deal with Nike. Kaepernick is the football player who started the NFL players taking a knee in protest. The new Nike ad has inspired some people to post videos and photos of them destroying their Nike apparel, something I just don’t understand.

It makes me sad that in 2018 we are still a divided country. I just want to say to someone who is thinking about burning their shoes: How would you explain that hate to your children? When your children play with other kids at the park, they don’t see race or color, they just see another kid who wants to play. Can’t adults just see another adult trying to make life better?

I don’t understand how people can even justify burning their shoes like that in protest to a man who is just, in my eyes, trying to stand up for what he believes in. In America sport stars have so much power and influence to change the world. I wish more sport stars would publicly stand up for their beliefs.

What do you think?

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Mike Prochaska
What does everyone else think?
Stacey Roberts
Just so happened as I opened this my almost 15 yr old son and 3 of his also almost 15 yr old high school football playing friends happened to be sitting at our dining room table devouring the finest Domino’s has to offer, so I asked them...
“It’s a protest” was the first response
“Oh you mean the guy with the big hair” another
“As soon as we’re done eating we’re going to go ride our bikes in the dark, but don’t worry we’ll be sure and wear our helmets” was another (me - “like hell you are”!)
“Usually if it’s about hate, they would be destroying someone else’s property instead of their own and sometimes even going as far to hurt others, so it’s just a protest” was the last
Or so I thought when, Mr. Rides Bikes in the Dark says, “so what if they burn their own shoes, all I care about is if they burn the American flag, then that’s hate. Or at least that’s how my parents explained it to me”!
And I have no idea what these other kid’s parent’s political affiliations are because it’s a pact we’ve all made that we keep those issues to ourselves. Simply because, as I’ve said before, you’re either preaching to the choir or you’re throwing a rock at a hornet’s nest!
Cheryl Nolan
These people are teaching their kids to hate. They don’t care about explaining it. It’s very sad and dangerous.
Stacey Roberts
has taken controversy to another level
Stacey Roberts
Mike Prochaska There’s a huge difference between taking a proactive or reactive approach to situations such as this. The proactive approach would be to go to the root of the problem and work from there.
Erin Basford
I understand the reasoning behind his actions, but he should have put more thought into his approach. Simply put, he is being insensitive and disrespectful to those who served (and continue to serve) our country. There are better ways to build awareness than disrespecting our hard-working veterans. He needs to be reminded that millions of individuals gave their lives fighting for the freedom he takes for granted each day. I can think of more worthy individuals that NIKE should be featuring. Now, to answer the initial question...I think it's important to teach children to view both sides of the debate. It teaches them empathy and compassion while exposing them to real world issues.
Mike Prochaska
@stacyrobberts I send everyday working with kids at head start who don’t know how to play. I love your comment you should turn Into your own tip. Donna John
Stacey Roberts
That is so heartwarming! Those lucky little monsters, that’s a term of affection in our house.
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Thank you for starting this discussion, Mike Prochaska . I really appreciate the way you are not afraid to share your views, and yet you are open to other perspectives as well. That’s what positive dialogue is all about: respecting each other’s views and sometimes agreeing to disagree. Thank you for encouraging others to share their perspectives as standalone tips. Better than heated debates, I think. That way, everyone gets their own forum to share their perspective!
Mike Prochaska
I just don’t want people to NOT be afraid to share there views even if I disagree Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds and I think the
More people share there views the more we understand there perspective even if we don’t agree. Then can agree to disagree but then get clear picture of there views

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