The Art of War with SunMultiCultClassics TzuMinutes…
• adidas is executing the tactic, “If you can’t beat ‘em, buy ‘em.” The athletic shoe company announced plans to purchase Reebok, a move designed to make them a formidable foe against world leader Nike. Or maybe they’ll just stage battles between Reebok’s 50 Cent and adidas’ Missy Elliott.
• Anheuser-Busch is executing the tactic, “If you can’t beat ‘em, bash ‘em.” The company behind the King of Beers is accused of plotting to destroy a competitor by lying about the rival’s operation. The Maris Distributing Company, owned by the family of baseball icon Roger Maris, charged in a lawsuit that A-B deliberately defamed their business to inevitably acquire them for cheap. Calls to Anheuser-Busch were answered with, “Whassuuuuuuuup!”
• The war on terror inspired a dramatic rise in religious hate crimes in the U.K. Since the July 7th bombings in London, crimes fueled by religious hatred climbed nearly 600 percent — making Charles and Camilla the second and third ugliest things in the country.
• Racial discrimination surfaced in a peculiar U.S. location — Honolulu, Hawaii. A federal court ruled against Kamehameha Schools for only admitting native Hawaiian students. The schools were established by a Hawaiian princess in 1883. Aloha, segregation.
• Fritz Pollard, the NFL’s first Black coach, will be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame. Pollard was also the first Black player in the Rose Bowl. Plus, the Fritz Pollard Alliance grew when the late Johnnie Cochran proceeded to pressure NFL teams to hire more minorities three years ago. Recognizing the man’s accomplishments and victories is long overdue.