Sneaker violence has been a tragically notable issue in recent years, especially with the emergence of raffle tickets and camp outs for Air Jordans. According to statistics, 50 percent of sneaker violence occurs within the African American community and MTV News reports 1,200 sneaker deaths occur over sneakers each year.
A Houston mother who lost her 22 year old son, Joshua Woods, to sneaker violence in 2012 recently spoke out against Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand before the start of the trial for the incident. The Chron reports Woods’ mother Dazie Williams was accompanied by family and friends as she spoke to the press at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse early yesterday morning [Tuesday, February 2].
Even though the mother received a personal call from MJ himself, she proclaims he hasn’t done enough to prevent sneaker violence. Woods was gunned down after purchasing a pair of “Bred” Air Jordan XIs, which led to a plead from his family for Nike to put a stop to selling the Jordans altogether.
“My son’s life was worth more than a pair of shoes. Nike and Michael Jordan didn’t pull the trigger that took my son’s life, but with great power comes great responsibility,” said Williams.
Hopefully this mother’s cry for help will assist in preventing future sneaker violence and people will wake up and demand a change.