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Friday, 7 September 2018

Just do it

Hey there Nationalistic Ned!

Yeah you man,
you freedom loving sports fan.
You just go ahead and burn your 100 dollar Nikes,
yeah you just go ahead and

Just Do It.

Burn all your overpriced sneakers
in protest of Colin Kaepernick’s
million dollar endorsement
too

Just Do It.

Yeah Patriotic Peter,
you just go and burn
all your t-shirts and shorts,
your headbands
and ankle socks
covered in swooshes
too!

And while you’re at it
constituion clutching Chuck
why don’t you

just shred those Air Jordans and
flush that number 23 jersey down the toilet.
Dump those Kobe Bryant Mamba Hyperdunks
in the polluted sewers flushing out into the poisoned Pacific.
And while your at it tell your wife to
sell off all those Serena William’s Court Power dresses
to some psychopath trolling around on Craigslist.

Yeah Man!
Go ahead and

Just Do It!

Get it done with
once and for all.
You go and show your true
red, white and blue
in the face colors.

Yeah, you too #2ndAmendment Sally
go ahead
and

Just Do It

burn those synthetic swooshes into toxic ashes

and then get on with
your small minded nationalistic
clickbait lifestyles choices.

Cause the freedom that
you claim
to hold so dear and which
allows you to do just about
anything in the U.S.A.

is a freedom that
thousands of American black men
never had
a chance to feel

and never will
ever will
be able to

Just Do Anything

because they
are dead.

So yeah, you just
go ahead
and

Just Do It.

Do what you gotta do folks.
Cause Colin is doing
just what he
needs to do
too.

Go for it.
Go ahead
and

Just Do It

And when your done with it

go on down to
the Wal-Mart
and buy yourself
a new pair of
New Balance
or Reeboks

to keep polished as white
as your backass assumptions
about freedom
actually are.

© Joshua Baumgarten

Nike's support for Colin Kaepernick protest has some destroying their shoes

Joshua Baumgarten is an ex-pat New Yorker living in Holland. He organises the Irrational Library evenings - nights of poetry, rock n roll and casual chaos, and performs as a Standup Spoken Word artist.

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