Nike ‘Black and Tans’ Sneaker Accidentally Incites Outrage From Irish Community

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The name of a new Nike sneaker has people upset in Ireland. The footwear giant accidentally insulted the Irish while trying to honor the country leading up to St. Patrick's Day.

The Nike SB Black and Tan Quickstrike is named after a black and tan colored alcoholic beverage made by mixing stout and lager--usually Guinness and Harp or Bass--in a pint glass. Even though Guinness and Harp are Irish, it is not a drink that is commonly requested in bars in Ireland. In the 1920s, a British paramilitary group, known as the "Black & Tans," used brutality to suppress an armed Irish Revolution, and it was known for its ruthless attacks against Irish civilians.

The president of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, Ciaran Staunton, said the name of the shoe "would be the American equivalent of calling a sneaker 'the Al Qaeda.'" Staunton added, "Is there no one at Nike able to Google Black and Tan?"

Nike issued an apology for inadvertently upsetting people in Ireland, saying "no offense was intended." Nike officials also told that the official name of the sneakers is 'Nike SB Dunk Low' and that the shoes were "unofficially named by some using a phrase that can be viewed as inappropriate and insensitive."

Many people on social media are echoing Staunton, saying that Nike should have simply put the name "black and tan" in an Internet search engine to figure out the sinister connotation behind it. Even Atlanta news anchor Mark Hayes tweeted that "Nike put its foot in its mouth and now they are scrambling to do some damage control!"


This next story comes from beyond the grave. Well, not really. Jack Froese of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, died in June 2011 from a heart arrhythmia. In November, two of his friends received emails from his account referring to conversations they had with him shortly before his death.

In one email, Froese tells his friend Tim that he needs to clean his attic. An email to his cousin Jimmy McGraw says that he knew he was going to break his ankle and he tried to warn him. McGraw said he broke his ankle on his way to work as he was walking out of the door a week before he received the email he thinks was sent by his friend Jack.

The friends did some research to see who had sent the emails. They do not believe anyone knew his password, or that Jack's account was hacked. They even asked Jack's mom about it. Patty Froese describes her son as "sensitive, kind-hearted and unique," and she told the two friends to just accept the emails as a gift.

Tim replied to the email from Jack, but neither he nor anyone else has received another email.