People started camping out at Janaf last night for the Bred 11s. It's a shame, someone..somewhere is gonna die over those shoes #jordans—
♕ Kristin (@kristinnsmith) December 20, 2012
I pray for everybody standing in The Jordan's Bred 11s line to tonight be safe,be smart, and put your Jordans on before you leave the store—
⚠⚠Rich Homie Mond⚠⚠ (@mond07) December 20, 2012
The $185 Air Jordan Bred 11 athletic shoes go on sale tomorrow. Lines and encampments are forming at stores across the country. Young people on Twitter are buzzing about the footwear. Many are concerned about another possible outbreak of violence reminiscent of last year’s mass riots. Things are already heating up in some retail areas. Do we need sneaker control?!
They damn near started a riot over these jordans—
E (@GoHamOnEm) December 19, 2012
there was a riot at VCC this morning over some Jordans brah smh—
Meagannn ^_^ (@cool_methods) December 17, 2012
One teenage boy was reportedly shot to death over his Air Jordans last week.
16 year old killed over a pair of Jordans? What is the world coming to!—
Fayettevilles Finest (@vixenintheville) December 20, 2012
SMH ppl already gettin killed over those Jordans…. SADDDD—
*December 29th* (@DAT_BOi_DEMi) December 20, 2012
If i have a high risk of being killed over Jordans, im just not going to buy anymore—
NoWayTae (@ThatKidnPlay) December 20, 2012
And in Huntsville, Ala.:
Huntsville Police and HEMSI responded to the scene of a disturbance at Madison Square Mall.
According to witnesses, around 100 people were waiting in line to get the new Air Jordan Bred 11 shoes which retail for about $185.
Police said the shoes were not being released today; people were waiting in line to receive one of 36 bands to get the shoes at a later date.
Some people were waiting in line since the mall closed Wednesday.
Most people were waiting patiently until the mall doors opened, at which point, the crowd got unruly and police had to use pepper spray.
Perhaps it is time for a National Conversation About Jordans.