Nike’s Colin Kaepernick ads taking politics to a whole new level

A large billboard showing Colin Kaepernick stands on top of the building housing the Nike store at Union Square Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in San Francisco. An endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate Tuesday as sports fans reacted to the apparel giant backing an athlete known mainly for starting a wave of protests among NFL players of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

A pile of Nike sneakers sits on the floor inside the door of my home. There’s mine, my husband’s and the pint-sized ones worn by my 5-year-old son.

Which gets me thinking. If my kindergartner wears Nike cleats to his first soccer game of the season this weekend, are we going to get dirty looks from Trump supporters? Or goaded into a political debate?

What if I wear my Nikes to the gym? I just want to work out. I don’t want to argue about politics there.

I understand why Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem at NFL games. He was protesting police brutality against the black community. He was protesting racial inequality and social injustice.

But now Nike, by making Kaepernick the face of its latest “Just Do It” campaign, has taken it to a whole new…

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