Nike Inc. is yanking a U.S.A.-themed sneaker featuring an early Betsy Ross American flag after NFL star-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick told the company it shouldn’t sell a shoe with a symbol that he and others consider offensive
For all of you low-information news readers out there who thought that Colin Kaepernick’s NFL protests had anything to do with ‘police brutality’, this article should serve as a nice wake up call for you. Or maybe not. Nike decided to do something really cool, and release a new pair of beautifully-designed sneakers embroidered with the ‘Betsy Ross’ version of the American flag in honor of our upcoming Fourth of July celebrations on Thursday. That is until notorious alt-left agitator Kaepernick told them not to. What was Nike’s response? Total surrender.
Nothing makes me laugh harder than the idea of any Left wing group being anti-fascist because fascism was invented by the Left. Groups like Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA, and all the other hate groups are nothing but a pack of thugs pretending to want to ‘clean up America’ when the reality is that want nothing more than to burn it to the group. It’s a free country, do as you like, but as for me I will never again be purchasing anything by Nike, and throwing in the trash anything I currently have with the Nike logo on it. Just do it.
Nike Nixes ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Sneaker After Colin Kaepernick Intervenes
FROM THE WSJ: 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 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, Colin 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. Mr. Kaepernick declined to comment.
HE’S WITHDRAWING FINANCIAL INCENTIVES PROMISED COMPANY: Arizona Gov Doug Ducey Makes Major Announcement After Nike Pulls American Flag Shoe At Colin Kaepernick’s Demand https://t.co/O1p0dtKFvy
— Neil Russo ❌❌❌ a good guy with a gun 🇺🇸 (@neilinozone) July 2, 2019
The design was created in the 1770s to represent the 13 original colonies, though there were many early versions of the American flag, according to the Smithsonian. In the 1790s, stars and bars were added to reflect the addition of Vermont and Kentucky as states. U.S. flag designs continued to change as states were admitted to the union until the 50th star, for Hawaii, was added in 1960.
In 2016, the superintendent of a Michigan school district apologized after students waved the Betsy Ross flag at a high-school football game, saying that for some it is a symbol of white supremacy and nationalism, according to Mlive.com, a local news outlet. While the flag’s use isn’t widespread, the local chapter of the NAACP said at the time that it has been appropriated by some extremist groups opposed to America’s increasing diversity.
Mr. Kaepernick, 31 years old, last played in the National Football League in 2016, the season he began kneeling on the field during the national anthem to call attention to social injustices and racial inequality. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has gone unsigned since and, along with former teammate Eric Reid, in February settled collusion grievances that alleged the league and its teams conspired to keep them unsigned because of their outspoken political views. The settlement was for less than $10 million, The Wall Street Journal previously reported.
Last year, Nike made Mr. Kaepernick the face of an advertising campaign while he was still engaged in that dispute with the league—a risky move given Nike’s role as one of the NFL’s biggest partners. The campaign generated a backlash among some consumers, who began torching Nike shoes and cutting its swoosh logo out of gear. The protests were countered by expressions of support for Nike.
#OnThisDay in 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopts the flag of the United States. According to legend, Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross designed the new design for the flag at the request of General George Washington. #FlagDay pic.twitter.com/4VcoERGEd1
— The Freedom Trail (@TheFreedomTrail) June 14, 2018
Since the ad was released, Nike has posted higher sales, boosted by strong demand in both the U.S. and China. In the fourth quarter, sales rose 4% to $10.18 billion. Its share price has climbed more than 15% so far this year.
At least some of the USA-themed shoes have already made their way to sneaker enthusiasts. Versions of the Air Max 1 USA were changing hands on sneaker-reselling site StockX for as much as $500 on Monday, according to the site. After this Journal article was published, the price fluctuated, with one pair fetching as much $2,000 and another as little as $140. READ MORE
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Whitney Houston Sings Our National Anthem
“And now, to honor America, especially the brave men and women serving our nation in the Persian Gulf and throughout the world, please join in the singing of our national anthem. The anthem will be followed by a flyover of F-16 jets from the 56th Tactical Training Wing at MacDill Air Force Base and will be performed by the Florida Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Jahja Ling and sung by Grammy Award winner Whitney Houston.”
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