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By Jarrett Stepman
Published July 4, 2019
Anti-Americanism sells, apparently.
Nike recently pulled a line of shoes—the Air Max 1 USA, featuring a
Revolutionary War-era American flag, the so-called Betsy Ross flag—which was
slated to be rolled out for the Fourth of July holiday.
Why? Because, according to The Wall Street Journal, Nike endorser and former NFL
player Colin Kaepernick deemed the flag an offensive symbol:
After images of the
shoe were posted online, Mr. Kaepernick, a Nike endorser,
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, the people said. Some
users on social media responded to posts about the shoe with
similar concerns. Mr. Kaepernick declined to comment.
The liberal Left continue to push their radical agenda
against American values.
Kaepernick is a former NFL quarterback who washed out of the
league after popularizing national anthem protests.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a
country that oppresses black people and people of color,”
Kaepernick told the NFL media when he launched his protests.
“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish
on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the
street and people getting paid leave and getting away with
Kaepernick had no problem wearing socks portraying police as
pigs and a shirt positively portraying Fidel Castro, whose
Cuban police state regime remains notoriously racist and
After images of the shoe were posted online, Mr.
Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, 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.
But being logically consistent doesn’t seem to be a problem for Kaepernick and
If the flag is offensive because it existed during “an era of slavery,” then we
can certainly apply that view to the modern American flag, too, since it is
based on the design of the Betsy Ross flag.
And, if we’re really digging deep here, isn’t Nike and its logo also offensive
given that the name of the company is based on the Greek goddess of victory,
which was most certainly created in “an era of slavery”?
Nike’s adherence to political correctness is all the more absurd considering
that it also kowtows to autocratic regimes that perpetrate modern human rights
In the same week that Nike buried the Betsy Ross sneaker, the company pulled
products in China made by designer Jun Takahashi after he expressed support for
the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests.
Nike said it ditched the products “based on feedback from Chinese consumers.” Of
course, in Communist China, public opinion is highly controlled by the state.
“So the Chinese government and Colin Kaepernick, then, are either implicitly or
explicitly calling the shots at Nike, pressuring the company into making
business decisions to cater either to this mob or that. And those decisions
aren’t passing without comment,” wrote National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis.
It appears so.
Nike’s move to ditch the Betsy Ross shoes is just the latest example of
corporate America putting its foot firmly on the left-wing side of the culture
wars. It also illustrates that there is a growing mass of people in the U.S. and
elsewhere who are perfectly fine with, and, in fact, openly embrace, an
As a recent Gallup poll demonstrated, American patriotism is at a record low,
with only 45% saying they are extremely proud to be American. That’s down from
57% in 2013.
It wasn’t long ago that the American left chafed at the suggestion that they
hated America or didn’t feel patriotic.
Yet today, that’s an open position for many on the left, with some like New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying, “America was never that great,” and New York Times
Opinion saying, “The U.S. is really just O.K.”
Is it surprising that it’s come to this?
For generations, our schools have morphed from being institutions aimed at
transmitting citizenship and patriotism into engines of un-assimilation. Our
media and popular culture institutions portray love of country as inherently
racist and xenophobic.
The only time to be proud of one’s country, it seems, is when progressives are
doing well at the ballot box or are in the White House—which is precisely the
opposite of what genuine patriotism should be.
It’s a wonder that such efforts at teaching nonpatriotism have left any
resistance. However, reactions to this latest move by Nike shows how there is a
potent and growing element of opposition to corporate virtue signaling—and there
very well may be a financial price to pay.