Colin Kaepernick strikes again, this time criticizing Nike and its newest shoes, Nike Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July, made with a purpose to celebrate – guess what - 4th of July.
Colin, ex NFL star, became famous when he decided to "protest" by kneeling to the American anthem, "Star-Spangled Banner". As he said at that time, he wanted to express his protest against police brutality towards Black Americans.
Colin says that the shoes that his sponsor Nike planned to present for 4th July, with its old Betsy Ross flag are offensive and "shouldn't be released."
As Kaepernick says, this design shouldn't be ever released, as "the flag flew during an era in which slavery was in practice." Some people supported his decision, reminding how Betsy Ross flag became an unofficial symbol of some white-supremacist and anti-black extremist groups in the modern USA.
But the others had a totally different opinion about this matter. Doug Docey, the Republican governor of Arizona tweeted: "Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism."
Nike already shipped the sneakers to the stores and requested that retailers return them. After that, their prices surged to almost $2,500 on some resale sites, like StockX. Not bad as for the shoes produced in some third world country by underpaid workers, that should be worth maybe 50 USD.
My opinion on this? I think that some people are just way too sensitive. After all, the old American flag with 13 stripes, is not a swastika or some other Nazi symbol (that are totally banned in most of Europe, for example).
When Jimi Hendrix played his brilliant version of "Star-Spangled Banner" at Woodstock in 1969, he wanted to protest about the Vietnam War and the whole military-industrial complex in the USA.
When Colin knelt down to the American anthem, we also consider it (somehow) as a fair protest that should make people think.
But his last action, with finding Betsy Ross flag from an XVIII century as "offensive" and "racist" is completely unjust and says more about Colin's mental state than the actual problems.