Nah... I knew it would be taken the wrong way.. lol... I am always taken the wrong way even on my show when I bring up something even remotely regarding race.
No.. when I said if Mike were to employ some WHITE at the top of his Jordan Empire.. I didnt mean just ANYONE white... I meant someone NOT EVER employed by him or a College or long time friend. Yes of course its always good to have someone you are familiar with assisting you or actually running your OTHER biz.
Do I think Larry is incompetent? Not at all... but he's had his run and it's VERY well known Larry and others are Mike's boys and will always have a job. I say if you want to shake things up you hire someone OUTSIDE your inner circle to get things done.
Hiring someone white was merely an example of that.. nothing to do with who's smarter than who... I'd be knocking my own people with that comment. I guess you'd have to realize it's just what Mike does and alot of people who are Black owners that choose to stay in the mind frame Im ONLY going to hire Blacks to run my company.
Well.. I think thats narrow minded thinking in todays world because Black people would be furious if white folks (nix that) ALL white folks thought that. There are MANY MANY MANY successful black folks running LARGE non Black corporations. In todays age it should be about hiring the BEST qualified Black White or otherwise.
THAT and THAT ALONE was my point. I could have said if Mike hired an Asian or Latino I'd know he was serious as well... but it was my point to make lol.. so I chose white.
Also.. just because you are aiming at Black kids to sell your wares doesn't mean you cant have those who relate to them working in your company. One of the things I dont think happens enough at Nike is listening to the demo that WORKS at your company who can help you SELL to their own people.
Is anyone aware that at one time and may still take place there was a Black employee of the Month at Nike...? I mean ... you can say thats great and all... but I never heard of their being a Indian, Latin or other cultural employee of the month. Some may say thats great... but personally I dont want to be regarded as the best Black employee.. I'd rather be the best overall employee.
Im pro my people....but Im of the mindset that some things can actually hold us back from progressing.... but thats just me. Can you imagine if there were a white employee of the month? lolol... Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be marching on Beaverton as we speak.
You are venturing into a discussion in which you may not be qualified to partake. This is not an insult to you, and it is your right to say it, but some of the opinions you've shared are filled with so many holes, it shows that you haven't done enough research in order to support what it is that you are attempting to suggest.
True, the Black Employee Of The Month title was an incredible insult, but so is the Black History Month shoe line. It's stooping to conquer, pandering, and not surprising coming from a company like Nike. I mentioned this during the Jordan XI debacle. You could not get that shoe in Greenwich, Connecticut, as they didn't even sell it within a forty mile radius. There'd be no camping out in Greenwich if they did sell it either, where you'd be ticketed for loitering, then told to move on. The shoe stores in Greenwich don't even have Jordan Brand accounts, and there are several! Their JB accounts were pulled by Nike about ten years ago.
But you could have gotten the XI in Harlem, NYC, Brooklyn NY, Queens, NY, then Stamford, CT, with some getting harmed, or even arrested over them.
However, I can get the Federers Zoom Vapor 9 shoe in places like Greenwich, with no problem.
So again, I dig what Jordan is doing, which is what LeBron is attempting to do as well with Maverick Carter and the crew. The areas that they've ascended to are often filled with people who do not look like them. Those people who are there, didn't get there by accident. Jordan wants to own himself, he does not want to be anyone's boy or slave, jumping through hoops in order to impress those who think that's what he is supposed to do. If he can get a few people who share his hue into and through the doors of power, those who are qualified and capable, more power to him.
I mean really, if that idiot Jason Petrie can be a big time designer with Nike, all while drawing cheap 300 dollar shoes, those not directed toward those who live in Greenwich, I am certain that there are others who can do better, then won't be stupid enough to go on twitter spouting anecdotal evidence, like some little punk hiding behind a protective apron.
At the end of the day, you can tell who is sitting in that big corporate swoosh room when some of these decisions are being made.