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Nike Pulls Betsy Ross Flag Sneakers From Stores After Colin Kaepernick Points Out Its Racist Connotations! – Perez Hilton

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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.

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