Nike recently released a line of sneakers which have the Betsy Ross flag on the heel of the shoes. Former NFL star Colin Kaepernick complained that the flag was a racist symbol.
It isn’t, but Nike folded almost immediately.
MLK’s niece Alveda King appeared on FOX Business to offer her thoughts.
FOX Business reports:
Colin Kaepernick may not totally understand who Betsy Ross is, Dr. Alveda King says
The niece of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. responded to the Nike “Betsy Ross flag” Opens a New Window. sneaker controversy involving former NFL Opens a New Window. quarterback Colin Kaepernick Opens a New Window. , by questioning his historical knowledge of the American flag maker.
“I am not so sure brother Kaepernick even totally understands who Betsy Ross is,” Alveda King said in an interview with FOX Business’ Neil Cavuto Opens a New Window. on Wednesday. “It’s kind of unfortunate that we are fighting over sneakers when we should be celebrating living in the best country on the planet.”
Kaepernick reportedly influenced the sneaker giant to cancel the release of the Air Max 1 USA in celebration of the July Fourth holiday. The commemorative sneaker featured the American Revolution flag, commonly known as the Betsy Ross flag, with 13 white stars in a circle at the heel. The flag was created to represent the 13 original colonies in the 1770s.
Here’s the video:
Her commentary is so perfect. Especially the part where she talks about how great America is.
People on the left are defending Kaepernick.
Do any of them realize the Betsy Ross flag was featured at Obama’s second inauguration?
That Betsy Ross flag sure fell out of fashion quickly. (Photo: 2nd Obama inaugural, 2013) pic.twitter.com/8xg8xCPLXb
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) July 3, 2019
Donald Trump Jr. took a shot at Nike for folding. This is great.
If the Betsy Ross Flag, the flag of the American Revolution, is too offensive for Nike to commemorate The 4th of July maybe Nike should go with this… seems to be more in line with their views. pic.twitter.com/prAyOwTOau
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 3, 2019