Nike Pulls ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Sneaker After Privileged Cry Baby Colin Kaepernick Says It Was Offensive
The Betsy Ross Flag Is Not a Symbol of Racism according to a quick Google search. We all know that Google is the thought police these days so we may as well take their word on this one. When asking Google the question "What does the Betsy Ross Flag mean?" The search engine comes up with this: "The Betsy Ross Flag Is Not a Symbol of Racism! ... According to the The History of American Flags, “the colors used in the flag generally represent red for valor, white for hope and purity, and blue for loyalty and vigilance."
Market Watch reporting that Nike Inc. is yanking a U.S.A.-themed sneaker featuring an early American flag after former NFL star-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick told the company it shouldn’t sell a shoe with a symbol that he and others consider offensive, according to people familiar with the matter.
The sneaker giant created the Air Max 1 USA in celebration of the July Fourth holiday, and it was slated to go on sale this week. The heel of the shoe featured a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle, a design created during the American Revolution and commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross flag.
After shipping the shoes to retailers, Nike NKE, +1.74% asked for them to be returned without explaining why, the people said. The shoes aren’t available on Nike’s own apps and websites. “Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag,” a Nike spokeswoman said.
After images of the shoe were posted online, Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, reached out to company officials saying that he and others felt the Betsy Ross flag is an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery, the people said. Some users on social media responded to posts about the shoe with similar concerns. Kaepernick declined to comment.
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