Life is a fight for resources. The “fight” doesn’t have to be violent, but sometimes it is. Especially when a resource is scarce and particularly prized. In this case, we’re not talking about food, water, clothing or shelter. Oh wait. We are. According to Dayton’s whio.com, an illegally armed robber attempted to relieve a legally armed American of the latest edition of Air Jordan basketball shoes – and paid with his life. Now I know what you’re thinking . . .
Shoes? A fight to the death over shoes? Yes. Shoes.
“All the subjects involved in this were there for an athletic shoe release,” Miami Twp. Police Sgt. Jay Phares told reporters. “The [now deceased] juvenile wasn’t able to get in line in time to get these shoes that were being sold and decided to try to take them from somebody who did get some shoes, with force with a firearm.” . . .
The shooter and another adult male came out of the mall and were approached by three male juveniles, including Jawaad.
“When he was threatened with the firearm, he drew his firearm and discharged it into the juvenile,” Phares said. “What’s tragic is that somebody lost their life over tennis shoes.”
Not tennis shoes. Basketball shoes. Air Jordan basketball shoes. The latest Air Jordan basketball shoes. Shoes that would have earned 16-year-old Jawaad Jabbar props amongst his peers. Raising his social status. Giving him access to more resources of one sort or another.
I’m not saying it’s right that Jabbar thought it acceptable to steal what he couldn’t obtain legally – no matter what he was trying to steal. It’s not. But I am saying that it’s right to defend yourself against people attempting to “better themselves” through illegal violence (as opposed to, say, NFL-sanctioned violence).
More than that, it’s the way of the world. Either you’re prepared for it or you’re not. That is all.
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