Nike has reportedly ditched an American flag-themed sneaker design for the Fourth of July holiday because activist and paid spokesman Colin Kaepernick complained it was racist.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the sneakers featured what is commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross flag. It consists of the stripes seen on the modern version and 13 stars in a circle on the blue canton to represent the original 13 colonies.
“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 spokesperson told the Journal.
But it also noted the move to back out of a sneaker design meant to celebrate July 4 — a sneaker that was set to retail at over $140 a pop — was nixed after Kaepernick registered a complaint.
Nike is yanking a sneaker featuring the “Betsy Ross flag” after Colin Kaepernick said he and others consider the symbol to be offensive https://t.co/eKVtPM6oTA
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 1, 2019
“After images of the shoe were posted online, Mr. 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,” according to the Journal.
“Some users on social media responded to posts about the shoe with similar concerns,” they added. “Mr. Kaepernick declined to comment.”
Why back out now, Colin? You love the attention that crying racism at every turn has brought you — certainly more attention than your waning skills in the NFL would have brought, in our view.
Outrage. As with any effort by the Left to erase history because these people get their shorts in a bunch over having to learn it, outrage on social media was swift.
Blaze TV host Graham Allen wrote, “Can we just for ONE DAY attempt to be Americans and be PROUD, especially during the 4th of July! The day we became America?!”
“No more Nike sneakers for our family,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham declared on Twitter.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) July 2, 2019
Nike planned to release a ‘Betsy Ross American Flag’ shoe design for the 4th of July, but cancelled the project when Colin Kaepernick complained about it being “offensive.”
Colin Karpernick is un-American!
Who else agrees?
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) July 2, 2019
Cancelled due to pandering. I.e. kaepernick got offended (again) https://t.co/kukUdFGxbB
— samsorbo (@thesamsorboshow) July 2, 2019
Kaepernick, a typical leftist, amounts to everything Democrats love: He hates America.
Nike, meanwhile, has been doing everything it can to portray the former NFL quarterback as some kind of hero, propping him up as a man who has “sacrificed everything.”
He sacrificed nothing. He opted out of a contract with the 49ers to become a free agent, realized he wasn’t going to be signed anywhere else, and sought out the almighty dollar from Nike.
He’s a sellout, not a hero.
In contrast, everyday working-class hero Mike Rowe countered the garbage narrative by explaining there are real heroes out there — people who truly have sacrificed everything.
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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