“Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July [shoe] as it featured the old version of the American flag,” a spokeswoman for the athletic apparel manufacturer said recently, acquiescing to the fevered wishes of Colin Kaepernick, professional malcontent.
The patriotic shoe design, which was to be sold in the lead-up to Independence Day, featured a “Betsy Ross” flag with 13 stars arranged in a circle, representing the original 13 colonies/states. Instead, the giant corporation bowed to the desires of one man. Kaepernick, known for his on-field protests while in the NFL, was offended by the flag because of the existence of slavery in the new nation at the time, reported The Washington Post.
I am offended that Nike didn’t release the shoes. I am also offended by the existence of Colin Kaepernick. The Betsy Ross flag is anything but a symbol of slavery. It adorned the Capitol Building at Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013, for crying out loud. But this did not keep Democratic presidential nominee Julian Castro from comparing it to the confederate flag. Nor did it prevent MSNBC guest Michael Dyson from likening it to the Nazi swastika and a burning Ku Klux Klan cross during a recent appearance. Note to ignorant morons: Betsy Ross was a Quaker. And an abolitionist.
Nike originally took some heat for signing the controversial former 49er quarterback for a multi-million-dollar marketing campaign, but the company’s sales grew immediately upon the campaign’s airing. When you’re woke, you won’t go broke. (As for me, well, I’ll take a knee).
The Betsy Ross flag is beautiful, a historic reminder of the men who changed the world, but the Gadsen flag is the banner we really need for these troubled times. Those of us who aren’t leftist, would-be totalitarians need to take its message to heart…and exemplify it every day: “Don’t tread on me.” The Founders didn’t buckle to the greatest military power on earth, let alone one entitled moron. (If the shoe fits).
Note to Nike (since it seems so susceptible to one person’s whims): In the future, when a provocateur to which you are paying a king’s ransom demands you do something stupid…
Just Don’t Do It. ü