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Monday, March 12, 2012

Nike released a seasonal sneaker for St. Patrick's Day with a controversial name.

The "Nike SB Black and Tan Quickstrike," one of the sneakers the company released in the run up to the annual Irish-themed holiday, is named after the Black and Tan drink made by mixing stout and lager -- usually Guinness and Harp or Bass -- in a pint glass, according to the Belfast telegraph.
The "Black And Tan" name however, has another, more sinister, connotation for many Irish people. The Black And Tans were a British paramilitary unit deployed to Ireland in the 1920s to suppress an armed revolution against British rule. The group became notorious for their numerous attacks on the Irish civilian population.

Read more at The Huffington Post.

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