Nike Pulls Betsy Ross Flag Sneakers From Stores After Colin Kaepernick Points Out Its Racist Connotations! – Perez Hilton
Nike’s attempt to release a patriotic sneaker was squashed after Colin Kaepernick pointed out that the connotations of the design weren’t as patriotic as they were racist.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the company pulled a line of Air Max 1 Quick Strikes featuring the Betsy Ross flag from shelves everywhere shortly after shipping the patriotic shoes to retailers.
As for why it pulled the footwear, Nike didn’t offer much of an explanation — just that the sneaks “featured the old version of the American flag,” according to a statement from the company.
But it’s since been reported Kaepernick — a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who
The flag, which you can see (below) was stitched on the heel of the shoe, was created in the 1770s. It features 13 white, five-pointed stars representing each of the OG colonies, along with 13 red and white stripes.
Nike is yanking a sneaker featuring the "Betsy Ross flag" after Colin Kaepernick said he and others consider the symbol to be offensive
Not everyone’s happy about Nike pulling the controversial kicks, though. Some critics on Twitter argue that the Betsy Ross Flag merely represents the first flag that flew over the nation, and should be a symbol that promotes nothing more than nationalist pride.
Others, like Republican Senator Ted Cruz, are offering less constructive Twiticsm:
Kaepernick has been getting heat from conservatives ever since he started kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 as a peaceful protest against police brutality in the U.S..
The former NFL star has since become a leading activist in the fight against racial inequality — and the unofficial spokesperson for what’s woke and what’s a joke — so Nike probably made the right business choice by listening to him.
But what do U think, Perezious readers? Is the Betsy Ross Flag is offensive? Would you proudly wear it on your sneakers? Sound off in the comments!
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