TAYLOR (WWJ) – Hundreds of shoppers who lined up before dawn to buy one of the season’s most wanted new shoes became unruly and began forcing their way inside Taylor’s Southland Mall on Friday.

A crowd of about 100 people planning to put a pair of limited edition Nike basketball shoes under a gift tree, or on their own feet, forced open a pair of doors almost three hours before the 8 a.m. opening and stormed inside. Another 200 people were gathered outside.

Southland Security called for Taylor police, who then summoned assistance from Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Southgate and Brownstown Township to restore order. Once inside, police say there was some minor interior damage to decorations and benches that were toppled over during the scuffle.

A 21-year-old Detroit man was arrested for inciting a riot. Nobody was hurt.

This isn’t the first time that Nike has done a special limited release of a popular style of sneakers. But at the Finish Line store at Southland Mall, manager Deron Mason told WWJ’s Pat Sweeting he had hundreds of customers rushing in to buy the store’s 40 pairs of Nike Air Jordan Retro XI — which cost upwards of $180.

“That shoe, you know what, it was popular then back when Jordan dropped it in ’95. It was a shoe that was popular then after he came back from retirement and it came back out five years later and it sold out again. So, it’s been 10 years since it dropped and everybody wants that shoe like it’s a culture that everybody has got to have it,” said Mason.

The shoe sold out within 20 minutes at the store and Mason said he was offered everything from several hundred dollars to the title of someone’s car just to reserve a pair for them.

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Comments (323)
  1. hooky says:

    Well, throw a pair of Air Jordans in front of a group of blacks is like throwing raw meat in the lion’s den. What would one expect? Get real!

    1. RC says:

      Your confused with food stamps…

      1. rusty the right wing nut says:

        im confused f u f a g

      2. rusty the right wing nut says:

        no they sell the card or buy food and sell it at a cheaper price cause black chicks tend to have a $hit ton of kids so they have a lot they but theyre broke lazy a$$ boyfriend these so after he impregnates her he can run away faster. Stupid A$$

      3. Boston Patriot says:

        @RC: The proper grammatical construction is “you’re” for you are. Thanks

    2. Tyrone says:

      How about a side order of small pox with those shoes …. What? Too obvious?

  2. Rick O'Shea says:

    I thought I saw Moochelle back in the crowd.

  3. Midge Martin says:

    “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
    – Plato


  4. I P Standing says:

    rituals of primitive cultures

    1. jerrystr says:

      You can take the man out of the jungle but you can’t take the jungle out of the man. Responsible black leaders and role models like Bill Cosby are chastised for speaking out about the actions of liberals that want ebonics tuaght in schools or lower educational standards. The term ghetto rat is accurate. Those who finish school and go to college are sucessful and move out of the ghettos.

      1. Paul Revere says:

        too bad college is being systematically dumbed down year by year

  5. Bahb says:

    Tell me, please, what in the hell is a “gift tree”? Christmas is 2 days away. Call it what it is – a CHRISTMAS TREE! And for those who think that we should be saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”, ‘holiday’ is just a shortened version of “holy day”. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

    1. Clearhead says:

      You told it like it is Bahbbi boy. We’re proud, proud, proud of you !! Furthermore — PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW !!!

    2. Tyrone says:

      We be celebrates da Kwanza, not da white man holidays. Kwanza be for da chosen peoples.

      1. bullrider says:

        I thought that for Kwanzaa the gifts were more along the lines of candles, baskets, nuts, fruit, and crafts – not overpriced, UGLY shoes.

      2. Hal McCombs says:

        So a Kwanza tree is made of Air Jordans? Figures.

  6. YepYep says:

    This is really sad. We should pass a law that black people are not allowed in stores during normal business hours for the sake of safety. What a bunch of animals..

    1. Sisao Tresed says:

      Don’t forget these same people have special Christmas Shopping coats for that extra discount.

    2. NopeNope says:

      We should pass a law that racists arent allowed to post online. YepYep.It looks so backwards and ugly on us as a nation.
      And if its good for the economy as blacks purchase a high percentage of merchandise thats never going to happen anyway.
      This is supply, demand, and appeal to a community. I dont like the situation, and you might not understand the importance of shoes on status in the black community (Similar to a fresh car, girls are often taught to look at shoes first, its not good but leads to more shoe obsession and collectors). If it was a bunch of whites beating eachother up over the last furby at a walmart I suppose you’d think it was perfectly normal.

      1. Raymond says:

        So I guess that you want to start “censoring people,” huh? I hate to “rain on your parade,” but you can’t “pass a Law” if people want to make themselves look foolish. I also want to point out that “Racism” knows no Cultural, Racial, Religious, and/or National Boundries. So you’re grasping for straws. In ither words, If a person(s) want to make themselves look stupid, you can’t “pass a Law” against it! Thought that You might want to know.

  7. Patriot42 says:

    I was taught as a youth to respect all people regardless of their color. I try to understand why these b-la-c-k-s act so hostile and seem to be easily provoked. Am I missing something?

    1. lvh says:

      No not you..Not me. I feel as you do.
      This is BIG GOV at work.

    2. Marilyn says:

      It has nothing to do with the color of their skin. This is what liberalism has done to the urban areas. They tell a group of people that they are not capable of providing for their families and that everyone else owes them, and they promise that the government will take care of them. Thus the people barely get by, have too much idle time on their hands, they are unhappy, want the same things as most families but they are dependent on the government, and they have been told their WHOLE LIFE that they are not capable of anything more, and the cycle continues. What liberalism has done to human beings breaks my heart.

      1. SAJ says:

        You have provided an excellent succinct explaination for this type of behavior. However, you have left out the fact that people’s sinful desires push them toward these actions. Because the people of whom we speak have too frequently not faced the consequences of their actions. they are often all too willing to act in very unlawful ways.

      2. bullrider says:

        Liberalism and the Democrats have destroyed the black family structure and turned them into a taxpayer-subsidized crop of Dem voters. In 1940 – back before all the civil rights and welfare stuff began – 80% of black children were born into married, two parent families. What is that figure nowadays? 10% maybe? It is sure a small fraction of what it used to be.

      3. Jessie says:

        This is a black leader NOT Jackson , Sharpton and othe rcriminals. The black community needs to get a grip on the hip hop culture of thugs and do it fast .
        Democrat entitlement programs have ruined the black community over the last 3 decades . This is what you wind up with
        Spot on reply. Liberal policies have ruined the black community over 3 decades.

  8. Eric says:


    This doesn’t happen with white people at Apple stores trying to buy the latest iPod.

  9. Major Bananorama says:

    To reduce widespread chimpage, store management should have had a large stock of shiney washers, baubles and mango’s to throw out into the pack to keep them amused.

  10. Derrick says:

    I’m black.
    I am absolutely disgraced by this.
    No wonder white people think we are animals.

    1. rachel says:

      Black people are their own worst enemy.

    2. kari ju says:

      Derrick we just need to do a lot of work on people’s hearts. we have let cheap politics fill the void where moral teaching should be. We have left all our poorest to the mercies of government and amoral “leaders.” bad move, that.

    3. Clearhead says:

      White people don’t think you’re animals, Derrick. All colors of people act like animals sometimes. The ones that ACT like animals are the ones all people should think of as animals. (Apologies to most animals).

      1. Darrel says:

        I think 60-70 percent of blacks ARE violent nasty rabid animals. 30-40 percent are human beings and decent. Facts are facts.

    4. tward says:

      Derrick: Whites and Blacks have Jesus in common. If both would live up to His standard of loving our neighbors there would be no fights, thefts and no hate. Merry Christmas from a Southern Hillbilly White Boy.

      1. Eric Gunther Oberhauser says:

        Jesus came only for the lost sheep of the house of Israel… Israel is the white race.

    5. rusty the right wing nut says:

      cause u are

    6. miquee says:

      Blacks have not always acted so poorly.The last 30 years have changed the black community for the worse. I no longer feel safe visiting friends I have known for 40 years because of the youth gangs in their nieghborhood. They visit me instead and feel welcome and safe. Liberals have caused more racism than ever and destroyed the black family

  11. Jack says:

    Were these the “greedy” 1%? No? I guess “greed” isn’t just a rich thing.

  12. nwpurpletoo says:

    Tell me again why there are more blacks in prison than whites. I’m just sayin’.

    1. AtlasObjectivist says:

      A very simple answer. To gain votes the Democratic party opened the coffers and created a dependent class of people.

      They destroyed the American black family and our cites. All of this sacrificed for the mental disorder of liberalism.

  13. Jim H says:

    That’s easy. Blacks are hostile and easily provoked because they feel entitled. Generation after generation teach their kids how to manipulate the system and they are experts at it. Most of them think that society owes them something and that it should provide for them.

    Come to think of it if I was black with an IQ like some of those in these videos – I’d be hostile too.

  14. BigBoa says:

    Just another chimp-out.

    Check out chimpoutdotcom and see if this clip made the cut!

    Savage animals……

  15. B Guyton says:

    I thought they were running to vote for Obama.

    1. Dave says:

      Wait til you see what happens when he loses.

  16. enguard says:

    the cream of the black culture on glaring display….we’re already paying reparations considering this level of depravity embedded in our society.
    The parents (and there are some among the mob) must be proud.

    chimping out as an Olympic sport?…oh wait…basketball

  17. Jamex Anderson says:

    I just saw Rise of From The planet of the Apes.

  18. Collector says:

    At what point in society do we finally stop and admit that a certain race of people are different from all other races. A certain race of people are more violent and mean than others. When do we start seperating this group from others for protection of society in general. When a certain race costs everybody more because of their out of control lawlessness, should we make them pay instead of penalizing everybody for the actions of a few. Frankly, I’m tired of my taxes being higher to pay for more police, more prisons, more courts and additional defense attorneys because 12% of the population commits 70% of the crime. Food and clothing costs are higher because of theft, insurance is higher because of carelessness, stealing, vandalizism, drug use and virtually every other commodity and activity is more expensive because one race fails to raise their kids and fails to teach their children to follow and respect the law. It’s unfortunate and sad because there are a few members of this race who do what’s right but they are overshadowed by a large majority who act completely uncivilized. We’ve been allowing this to go on long enough. Something must be done and that doesn’t mean more free handouts or reparations. It’s time they started paying for what they take, use, destroy and what they cost the World.

    1. Mustafa says:

      If the Jordan’s fit,,,,,
      When these idiots act like a bunch of thugs, it perpetuates the caricature of the black population. Compare New Orleans after Katrina vs Japan after the tsunami’s. Classless vs Class. It be what it be.

    2. Bob3 says:

      CCW is a good place to start, they lack empathy and impulse control, pain and misery is all the understand be prepared to deliver it.

    3. rusty the right wing nut says:

      dont worry everyone knows it even blacks know we all know it even diggers know it there is a race war coming i dont think its right but its just the ways it is wP

    4. John Frost says:

      Darwin:” Blacks are not Human but wild african animals……predator animals”
      We are dealing with savage beasts….unleashed. Race war is coming I feel it!

      1. rusty the right wing nut says:

        i love sickle cell lol

      2. rusty the right wing nut says:

        White Power White Power

    5. bullrider says:

      It’s not the race, it’s the culture. Yes, some races may tend to be more of a certain type of culture, but let’s keep it right where it belongs – on the culture that raises people to act that way.

  19. Steve says:

    What a bunch of disgusting savages…enough said.

  20. rachel says:

    Why am I not surprised? What a disgusting bunch of useless thugs. I’m ashamed to call these people countrymen. I call them boils on the backside of America.

  21. One-Who-Will-Listen says:

    People of any race are greedy, selfish, and prideful. Why this happens in America, where we have all the resources we need to survive and be well fed, I just don’t understand. What the h-ll is so important about a pair of overpriced shoes? I don’t get it; really, I don’t.

    1. kari ju says:

      testify. no way this is a unique black thing.

      1. Black Thing says:

        testify. this is a unique black thing.

  22. Big Papi says:

    Now imagine if there was a huge catastrophe that hit a very widespread area and food and electricity, gas and cash could not be had. You would have this scene times a thousand. Apparently this group of society would cause continued chaos while others tried to manage. Best advice? Have your own food stored, cash on hand, and not only posses firearms but be proficient in their use. It will be a life and death situation that this group of society will only make worse. If you arent scared, you arent living in reality. Get over the “hater” taunts and racist shouts—if they’d do this over fashion sneakers imagine what they’d do to you in a true crisis. The Police cant protect us anymore. Be Prepared but also be armed, irregardless of your political and 2nd amendment views. You will not survive believing that good intentions will save us all.

    1. rusty the right wing nut says:

      well said arm the Fu”#$ UP dese nig have gone nuts

    2. Paul Revere says:

      umm, why do you think most white people move out of urban areas and into suburbs or satellite cities? Coincidentally leaving property values to plummet…

  23. Jon Baker says:

    Okay, I’m just going to say it, I’ve never been p.c. anyway. What is it about Negroes and sports shoes? I mean really, somebody should study this. Stereotypes come from truth, the problem though is when you say all. Now I know all blacks aren’t like this , obviously any intelligent person knows that but too many are. And I bet the deficit that if you called any of them on it that were involved in this they would call you a racists, and blacks bold enough to speak out self haters. As nasty and far gone as Chicago already is they better be on their knees grateful for Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel on duty now who chose to follow the New York model Because It sure was heading towards being another Detroit. Get out now while you still can.

    1. Michelle Washington says:

      your right stereotypes come from truths like Why have the Caucasion ethnicity been hell bent on destroying/breeding each and every culture it comes across
      why is it they are the only ones who separate themselves from he rest of the world and play make believe like they are god like , why do whites go postal when losing a job ? rape molest children females destroy economies and lives (proven fact)
      why is is white are trying to kick immigrants out of this country when they themselves are immigrants lol its amazing the things people say but like you say stereotypes come from truths

      1. Annie says:

        Michelle, you clearly dont know your history or facts. The biggest destroyers of culture have been the Ottomans (Turks/Mulstims) and Africans- look what they do to their own cultures and who do you think sold the negroes into slavery? The black tribal cheiftans, that’s who. And they sold them to anyone- and they do to this day. Caucasions (e.g. Anglos) were the ONLY, and still are the ONLY group that Constitutionally outlawed slavery. Next, you say Caucasions want to keep out anyone whose different then you say we are a nation of immigrants. That’s right! See the problem with your arguement? What we do not like or want and what NO BODY wants is when any culture brings the WORST elements of their culture into a society and refuses to drop it. And that goes for everyone, Irish, italians, jews, EVERYONE. All enslaved, all had to work their way up with NOT ONE LIVE GIVING THEM ANY PROTECTION AND/OR ENTITLEMENT. So, drop the BS. No one can stand it and you are not helping your race, cause or all of our society.

  24. kari ju says:

    cmon guys – the racist stuff is degrading all of us and it is offensive to Mayor Nutter and the good people in that church, none of whom deserve to see that kind of thing in print. They are on our side and they deserve our respect. The riot over shoes is just what you’d expect anywhere that a leftist government panders to a dependent class, telling them they’re entitled. Remember the London riots a few months ago? This kind of thing happens the world over and it is not a black thing per se

    1. B. Guyton says:

      Watch the video above that provides a black man’s prospective. It may help you understand why this is happening.

    2. b. Guyton says:

      Here is the video. It may help explain the problem from a black man’s prospective. Racist……………maybe?

  25. Jason, NYC says:

    Animals, all of them, animals…

    1. BubbaT says:

      No, not all. But that’s what the Government would like us to believe.

  26. Marilyn says:

    You are a ‘joke’ and a waste of time.

    1. JimRocky says:

      Actually he is right Marilyn. You just have eyes that refuse to see.

  27. Obamanation says:

    I’m suprised they didn’t just steal the shoes. Redistribute the wealth to the lame and lazy parasites of society. Leaches and slugs in $180 shoes.

  28. Marilyn says:

    Most of these comments are really horrible. This has NOTHING to do with the race of the people involved. This is what happens with 50 years of liberalism. This is exactly what the democrat party wanted. A segment of society that will ALWAYS vote for them. They have taken a group of people and for generations have told them that the rest of society owes them. They have told this group of people that they are NOT capable of taking care of themselves or their families. They have been pushed through school while learning NOTHING except what party to vote for. When a crime is committed they are often not made to pay for the crime but are given exuses for the crime. What did you democrat voters think would happen? That your stupid policies would work, even though you look back and see 50 years of failure.

    1. B. Guyton says:

      From the cotton and rice plantations to the Democrat plantation!!

      1. Rita Ippolito says:

        I’m a conservative, not a racist. too many racists here for me but this comment from Guyton … hit the mark…

        Blacks will continue to be Democrats no matter what as long as the Democrats promise entitlements and as long as the nuclear Black family is in shambles.

      2. New York Nick says:

        You got that right brah……. the dem plantation of fools , where be my handouts!!

    2. Joe G says:

      Nothing to do with the race of the people involved? EVERY majority black city in the world is a crime and disease ridden slum. The only logical conclusion is that race is a factor.

      1. blah says:

        Did you think of what may have caused the crime and disease? YOUR people who unwilling brought many minorities here. You fools even injected minorities with disease. Have you ever heard of the Tuskegee experiment? Don’t sulk and complain about blacks when it’s the faults of the whites for putting them in this situation in the first place.

  29. Mike in Grasonville says:

    Just another example of blacks being a blight on society. Far too many of them live off the backs of others, see Section 8 housing, welfare, food stamps, etc. No other group, or should I say ethnic group behaves like this. Check any school systems acheivement scores asnd you will see that blascks are dead last. So, does this surprise anyone? Send them back to Africa, if they’ll have them.

  30. Hollywood Hick says:

    When members of the black community see these stories, what are they thinking? Is there any wonder the black community is such a mess? They are the most pandered-to ethnic group on the planet and they are a hopeless disaster.

    1. B. Guyton says:

      Hay!! You need nice shoes to walk around the Democrat plantation.

  31. Bob13 says:

    Oh and don’t forget the chocolate Jesus wants to make these upstanding citizens your neighbors via sec8 housing and the best part is he’s gonna use your “white” taxpayer dollars to do it.

    Imagine the joy of waking up one sunny morning to find a house full of these hood rats living next door to you in your soon to be formally pristine neighborhood, and of course and again the best part is that you get to pay for it and the schools that their animalistic spawn will soon ruin, ain’t life grand?

    It’s time for weak feeble minded white people to grow a pair and stop this garbage, if someone calls me a racist I laugh, that tired old worn out phrase means nothing, these animals need to clean up their own mess or to their extreme displeasure others will do it for them.

    1. Jerry says:

      I have a black friend whom I have been trying to convince to rent the vacant house closest to ours. It would be an improvement to our neighborhood to have this honorable, honest, and clean human being move in. He is as disgusted by this behavior as any of the commentators on this blog. That said, there is no denying the violence emanating from black neighborhoods with a deep sense of entitlement. I do not believe it is because of their race, but because of the embrace of the democrat plantation and gangster culture. I would hate for a race war to break out as many innocents from all races will suffer the consequences.

  32. RicardoCabeza says:

    The Negros are their own worst enemy they just can’t help themselves. For the most part they have no decency, no discipline and pure gutter trash instinct. I don’t particularly blame them though they have a weak constitution It’s what the welfare, government cheese and hand outs does to them that is the shame here.

  33. Larry Sinclair says:

    Dang 1%’ers … cause we know those 99% are so broke they can’t even afford food for the kids and surly don’t have $180.00 laying around .. unless you sell your EBT food for cash …..

  34. Steve says:

    If anyone is curious what a product of Socialism looks like, this is it. The Democrat Party presents us with the great society!!

  35. Obamas Stash says:

    Black on Black crime .. what’s new? Democrats started Jim Crow Laws,,, Democrats started the KKK, Democrats took away blacks civil rights in 1875 but they cannot figure out why after voting Democrrat 50 yrs they are still as bad off as they were ….

    1. ramon says:

      You are 100% right on target.

      It amazes me how Blacks vote 85 to 95% Dumbocrat every Presidential election. No matter if it’s Obama, Kerry or any other Dumbocrat!

  36. Sisao Tresed says:

    This whole mentality was spawned by big government, but every intelligent man must think for himself and act as his own man or woman. Long after this event has passed, the bitter taste of welfare, drugs, booze and abortion on demand, and school systems that affirm lawlessness and immorality in the schools will be alive and well in the black community. An illiterate ebonics-speaking woman named “something-esha” is not gonna be at the top of the resume’ pile. Sadly, so many good black folks get painted with this brush, and it’s unfair. “Feral” blacks understand what they are doing wrong, but they don’t care. They have become uncivilized. Politicians like them because they 1) vote as a single block, 2) are easy to fool, 3) they don’t learn fast, 4)they just want “more stuff” which politicians love to throw at them in speeches, and bellicose repartee; but no action. But again…see #2.

  37. Bill Brennan says:

    if the shoe fits…

    1. Joe says:

      Now that’s a funny line.

  38. I guess ignorance is a virtue says:

    People are getting hurt or injured bad because of a pair of stinkin air jordan shoes, ill be damned if i will buy a pair of these shoes that are prob made in China, Yes i said China!! What a bunch of a ..holes …. Ok they have bought the shoes , 6 or 7 months later they will be in the trash , how ignorant and stupid can ppl be ?

  39. NowSwimBack says:

    The Civil Rights Act was a great idea, wasn’t it? If they’re not in your neighborhood, they will be soon. Enjoy ’em. ;)

  40. REAL STUPIDITY says:


  41. brutesforce says:

    Baby needs a new pair of shoes.

  42. rusty the right wing nut says:

    PS F&CK U DEtroit and your pos Lions cause they suck too!!!!!

    WE need to bulldoze that big a$$ ghetto down look Like a Fu%% bomb went off in that citty

  43. Uncle Remus says:

    Dang freakin’ kneegroes (sic)…… they wouldn’t fight this hard for the last job on earth …unless it was a bank job/heist…

  44. Kim Bailey says:

    “Wild savages must be caged and returned to Africa” Said a Mall security guard

  45. Richard Jones says:

    Those “shoppers” all look like obamas. Down here in Texas we don’t let obamas get away with that kind of behavior.

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