Old American Flag Sneakers – Betsy Ross Flag Nike Shoes 4th of July

Colin Kaepernick’s cultural influence continues to grow. This week, Kaepernick allegedly pressured Nike to release a sneaker he considered offensive, according to The Wall Street Journal. The 4th of July-themed sneakers had a Revolutionary War-era 13-star American flag on the heel. The Betsy Ross flag, as it is known, flew at a time when slavery was very present in the United States. WSJa Nike spokesperson said, “Nike chose not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the older version of the American flag.”

Nike has released the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July sneaker, which was supposed to release this week, offline and in stores where it shipped. Although the company did not acknowledge Kaepernick’s influence in the decision, the WSJ credits the activist and former NFL player with bringing the flag’s history to the company’s attention. According to WSJKaepernick contacted Nike, with whom he made this iconic ad last year,
after seeing photos of the sneakers online. He did not comment on the matter.

Nike Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July sneakers featuring the Betsy Ross flag.

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In addition to the connection to its time and place in history, this particular flag has also been used more recently by white supremacists. For a sneaker meant to be festive, Nike really missed the mark. Of course, not everyone thinks so. After learning that Nike had retired the sneaker, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey tweeted a series of impassioned thoughts about it. For example:

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Ducey said he was withdrawing funds for a Nike factory in the state because of Nike’s decision. He called Betsy Ross a “founding mother” and made no comment on the state of slavery at the time the flag was used. It looks like he could use a history lesson from Kaepernick as well.

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