Colin Kaepernick is back in the news for his patriotism.
Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Nike had decided to pull a special 4th of July Betsy Ross Air Max 91 from shelves after Kap intervened over concerns about what the 1792 flag meant to black people. In a statement to CBS News, the multi-billion dollar sneaker company said it “chose not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July because it featured the older version of the American flag.”
The 31-year-old former San Francisco quarterback is best known for sparking a nationwide nonviolent protest by taking a knee during the national anthem as a stand against police brutality. His nonviolent protest infuriated racists and prematurely ended his NFL career; he settled a collusion case against the NFL for an estimated $10 million and became the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign.
Kap has also held social justice workshops as part of his Know Your Rights camps and has taken the time to raise over $1 million for grassroots activists across the country.
The red, white and blue Nike sneaker in question featured a 1792 version of the Betsy Ross flag – a flag that represented England’s freedom for white people, while slavery continued to flourish in the newly formed United States. The same chorus of people complaining about the Kap national anthem protest are back in arms over Nike’s decision. Fox News host Laura Ingraham, for example, tweeted, “More @nike sneakers for our family.”
Because if Nike hadn’t ripped off the shoe, the Ingraham family would have been lining up on July 2 to buy their own pair of Betsy Rosses? Does owning a pair of special edition Nikes mean you really love your country?
Now Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, is fight to remove incentives Arizona had offered Nike to build a manufacturing facility in its state.
“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I’m embarrassed for Nike. Ducey tweeted in a thread, “Nike is an iconic American brand and an American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise enabled them to prosper and flourish”
“Instead of celebrating American history on our nation’s Independence Week, Nike apparently decided that Betsy Ross was unworthy and bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism. It’s a shameful setback for the company American companies should be proud of our country’s history, not abandon it.
“Nike has made its decision, and now we are making ours. I ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all discretionary financial incentives the state was providing to the company to locate here. 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.
“And finally, it shouldn’t take a shoe controversy for our kids to know who Betsy Ross is. A founding mother. Her story should be taught in every school in America. In the meantime, it’s worth googling.
Ducey is ready to punish a company creating jobs in his state like he personally was on the front line for Nike to honor Besty Ross with a sneaker because she rushed so many yards and scored so many touchdowns in the 1700s? The energy given to maintaining racist traditions by people like Ducey is incredible. How is Nike canceling a shoe that could potentially offend millions of citizens, some of whom live in its condition, disappointing? The only thing that is disappointing is his response.
If Ducey really feels that “this country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them [Nike] to prosper and flourish”, then he should understand that Kaepernick gave Nike a $6 billion raise, while Betsy Ross gave them zero. Cancel the 1792 flag design because Kaepernick spoke n is nothing more than free enterprise at work.