Colin Kaepernick angered a very specific portion of the American public during his peaceful protest of the National Anthem during his playing days and really got folks tight when Nike signed him to an endorsement contract. According to reports, Kaepernick suggested the sports apparel company pull a 4th of July sneaker featuring the American Flag as designed by Betsy Ross, and folks are losing their sugar, honey, and iced tea right now.
Kaepernick’s name began trending Tuesday morning (July 2), and the overall sentiment from his critics is that they’re no longer down with Nike, much like the reaction to the news he signed with the company last year.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Kaepernick was among several people expressing concerns about the flag’s use and its ties to slavery and racism in the country.
As expected, conservative and “America First!” nuts are foaming at the mouth on Twitter. We’ve got a mix of reactions from all sides below.
If you’re going to tweet about the Betsy Ross Flag, make sure you include this part: “It has been appropriated by some extremist groups opposed to America’s increasing diversity.” https://t.co/k5N5bGhDut— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 2, 2019
The Betsy Ross flag has been turned into a symbol of white nationalism and domestic extremism. Conservatives will whine, but Colin Kaepernick was right to speak out and Nike was right to pull the products. https://t.co/rq8HWeaqh6— Adam Best (@adamcbest) July 2, 2019
Kaepernick is right! The Besty Ross flag does not represent me. It does not represent the so called "melting pot" we call America. 1-866-801-8255https://t.co/qNocLedv5T— Joe Madison (@MadisonSiriusXM) July 2, 2019
They pulled it because that flag has been used as a symbol of hate by white extremists. It represents the original colonies that did not recognize black people as fully human.— 🌹Snarky Blonde🇺🇸 (@Orvieto2016) July 2, 2019
I am a veteran and I have a beautiful Betsy Ross flag flying that recently replaced it’s predecessor-another Betsy Ross flag. If that offends Colin Kaepernick,that’s tough. I am not a right wing voter but let’s get real. This is too much. pic.twitter.com/uW8N50AOHJ— JackHanson (@hanson_ya) July 2, 2019
This is getting absurd. The shoes don’t stand for slavery, they represent the first flag that flew over our united nation. People need to realize that any historical artifact of the US is not a symbol for slavery purely since they existed at the same time. https://t.co/jNK2u34mvY— Ben (@freefeets) July 1, 2019
Research the Patriot Movement if you want to learn more about what this flag is connected to. Some truly heinous shit. OKC bombing, doctor assassinations, deadly militia standoffs, hate crimes, and that's just scratching the surface.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) July 2, 2019
So what happens now is the Betsy Ross flag will be further and further marginalized so that indeed only white nationalists and people like that will display it. Self-fulfilling prophecy.— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) July 2, 2019
Also... the Betsy Ross flag has recently been appropriated by white nationalists. It’s their way to symbolize the “good all days” ie cotton pickers knew their place. Please consider taking down this flag after 7/4 as it could be seen as a sign of solidarity with hate groups 😔— Dingo Dame don’t eat no 🦃 (@dingodowndame) July 2, 2019
Today was supposed to be a good day in Arizona, with the announcement of a major @Nike investment in Goodyear, AZ. THREAD—>— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) July 2, 2019