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Anti-Americanism sells, apparently.

Nike recently pulled a line of shoes—the Air Max 1 USA, featuring a Revolutionary War-era American flag, the so-called Betsy Ross flag—which was slated to be rolled out for the Fourth of July holiday. 

Why? Because, according to The Wall Street Journal, Nike endorser and former NFL player Colin Kaepernick deemed the flag an offensive symbol:

After images of the shoe were posted online, Mr. Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, reached out to company officials saying that he and others felt the Betsy Ross flag is an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery, the people said. Some users on social media responded to posts about the shoe with similar concerns. Mr. Kaepernick declined to comment.

Kaepernick is a former NFL quarterback who washed out of the league after popularizing national anthem protests.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told the NFL media when he launched his protests. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Kaepernick had no problem wearing socks portraying police as pigs and a shirt positively portraying Fidel Castro, whose Cuban police state regime remains notoriously racist and repressive.

But being logically consistent doesn’t seem to be a problem for Kaepernick and Nike.

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In response to Nike’s decision to pull the shoes, the governor of Arizona pulled state incentives on Nike’s new factory to be built outside Phoenix.

An excerpt on that story from CBS News appears below:

The blowback to Nike’s decision to pull Betsy Ross American flag sneakers didn’t take long. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday said he’s rescinding financial incentives recently offered to the maker of athletic shoes to build a $185 million plant and bring 500 jobs to the state.

The governor, a Republican, made his move a day after the Goodyear City Council unanimously approved Nike’s plan to build its third U.S. manufacturing plant, making Nike Air shoes in the suburb of Phoenix. The city agreed to waive nearly $1 million in plan-review and permit fees and reimburse Nike another $1 million for the jobs created, according to local media reports.

As the deal was approved, Nike separately decided against releasing the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July, “as it featured the old version of the American flag,” the company told CBS News in a statement.

Ducey in a tweet called Nike’s decision a “shameful retreat,” saying “American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it.” Ducey, the former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, said he’d “ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the state was providing for the company to locate here.”

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