Athletic-wear company Nike announced today that it was canceling the release of a sneaker bearing an image of the 13-star Betsy Ross flag, after former NFL quarterback and face of Nike’s 2018 Just Do It campaign Colin Kaepernick privately criticized the design as being offensive, according to The Wall Street Journal. “Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured an old version of the American flag,” Sandra Carreon-John, a spokeswoman for Nike, said in a statement on Tuesday.
Nike’s controversial decision prompted backlash from several high profile figures, most notably Texas Senator Ted Cruz who tweeted, “Yep, I own lots of @Nike I’ve been a life-long customer, since I was kid. But they’ve now decided their shoes represent snide disdain for the American flag. Since they don’t want my business anymore, I won’t buy any more. Can anyone recommend a good sneaker co that’s not so woke?,” and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey who withdrew financial incentives for a manufacturing plant Nike planned to build in the state.
“Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism,” Ducey tweeted. “It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it.”
The 13-star Betsy Ross Flag, the same flag used by General George Washington to lead his Continental Army during their battles to free Americans from British rule - like several other historic symbols - has come under fire in recent years as some believe it can be interpreted as a symbol of white supremacy and nationalism. We at AmericanFlags.com find this misplaced and encourage our patriotic customers - now more than ever - to take a stand and fly the Betsy Ross flag in support of American patriotism and free speech.