The longtime sporting giant, Nike, has found themselves in some serious hot water, again...This time around, the company recalled an American flag-themed sneaker, after former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick pressured and complained to Nike that the specific shoe “harkened back to the slave era.” Via reports from The Wall Street Journal.
The "Nike Airmax 1 USA" shoe was a limited edition drop for the Fourth of July, the company delivered shipments of the shoes to stores across the country until Colin Kaepernick, and his Nike endorser complained that the flag featured on the back of the shoe depicted times from the revolutionary era, when slavery was popular and widespread. Via the Daily Caller.
Kaepernick proceeded to demand that Nike shouldn’t sell a shoe with a symbol that he, or others consider offensive. Eventually Nike backed down and listened...
The "offensive" feature on the back of this recalled shoe is the original American flag designed by Betsey Ross, the flag has 13 stars which forms a circle with 13 red and white stripes, meant to represent the original 13 American colonies.
Nike has already finalized the recall of the "Airmax 1 USA" shoe, and pulled all available units from the shelves. A Nike spokesman has confirmed the recall of the shoe is due to complaints about the flag.
“Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag,” the Nike spokeswoman said.
The cancellation of the Nike shoe has sparked outrages across social media platforms, Colin Kaepernick’s claims of racism and the constant weaponization of slavery in history has upset patriots in every inch of their bones. Kaepernick is technically a contracted athlete with Nike, signing his deal sometime last September. Although Kaepernick is a signed Nike “athlete,” he still remains jobless in the world of football. Leaving many wondering...Why does Kaepernick have so much pull for a jobless ex-football player???
According to the Epoch Times, The Governor of Arizona recently announced he was withdrawing state incentives for a Nike factory, saying the company had “bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism.”
The historical Betsey Ross flag depicted on the back of the Nike Airmax shoe was adopted as our national flag a year after the Declaration of Independence, and was used as the country symbol during the American Revolution. Each one of the 13 stars depicted, represented the 13 American colonies at the time. Via The Wall Street Journal. The Betsey Ross flag is intended to depict a sense of lost patriotism, a reminder of our lost traditions that helped build our great country. But somehow, in 2019, the flag strictly represents .racism and oppression…
Colin Kaepernick originally gained his notoriety when he started kneeling protests during the playing of the National Anthem before NFL games. His initial protest was in relation to “police brutality,” but overtime his reasoning behind the protest has morphed into categories that very few could explain. Via the Daily Caller.
Although still looking for a QB role, Kaepernick hasn’t played a down of football since the 2016 NFL season, but settled with the NFL after complaints that owners colluded to blackball him out of the league. Since then, Nike has catered entire AD campaigns around Kaepernick and his protests, although extremely contriversial, Nike's name was launched into the headlines for months. Specifically, Nike's 30th anniversiary "Just Do It" campaign said; “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” featuring a closeup of Kaepernick’s face. Via the Epoch Times.
In response to Nikes campaign, many upset Americans started to boycott Nike products, and even shot videos of themselves destroying Nike shoes and apparel. After the cancellation of the Fouth of July based sneaker, and more importantly the reasoning behind the recall, will incite another wave of deserved boycotts.
Be ready and #BoycottNike