Nike Under Fire: ‘Betsy Ross’ Flag That Company Pulled Was Used at Obama’s Inauguration
Yet Colin Kaepernick felt the design was 'offensive'
The “Betsy Ross” American flag that Nike pulled because controversial spokesman Colin Kaepernick deemed it racist was featured prominently at the inauguration of this nation’s first black president, Barack Obama.
Nike went full social-justice warrior when it pulled an American flag-themed sneaker design for the Fourth of July holiday — all because its activist (and paid) spokesperson Colin Kaepernick complained the design was offensive.
Kaepernick, according to a Wall Street Journal report, “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.”
Yet Obama didn’t see it as being offensive, apparently.
David Martosko, a political editor at The Daily Mail, posted one of the images from the 2013 inauguration with the caption, “That Betsy Ross flag sure fell out of fashion quickly.”
That Betsy Ross flag sure fell out of fashion quickly. (Photo: 2nd Obama inaugural, 2013) pic.twitter.com/8xg8xCPLXb
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) July 3, 2019
Byron York, a conservative columnist for the Washington Examiner and a Fox News contributor, sent a message to Nike on social media: “The flag Colin Kaepernick told you was unacceptable on your shoes was displayed rather prominently at Barack Obama’s inauguration.”
Outrage. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey responded to Nike’s ill-advised business move by rescinding financial incentives the company was set to receive in a deal to open a multimillion-dollar manufacturing plant in the state.
“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision,” wrote Ducey on Twitter.
“I am embarrassed for Nike.”
Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history. 8/
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) July 2, 2019
Fox News host Laura Ingraham complained on social media about the unpatriotic move made by the company, adding that her family would no longer be purchasing their sneakers — flag or otherwise.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) July 2, 2019
And customers, in general, have been fuming because Nike bowed to the whim of one lone moron in Kaepernick, while ignoring what they may have wanted.
Obama touted flag on website. Not only was the flag displayed at Obama’s inauguration, but a quick scan of the White House website archives shows the history of the American flag discussed on Flag Day in 2012.
Spoiler: They mention the super-racist Betsy Ross version.
“The first flag, which many say was sewn by a Philadelphia woman named Betsy Ross, had 13 stars and 13 stripes, representing the 13 American colonies,” the site reads.
Better take that down: Barack or Colin might give you a stern look.
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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