Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

MSNBC Guest Compares Betsy Ross Flag to Swastika, Burning Cross

MSNBC Guest Compares Betsy Ross Flag to Swastika, Burning Cross

The Double-A Tennessee Smokies on Wednesday tweeted a series of photos showing the 13-star American flag design in the infield dirt at their home stadium. "And I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights, any time, anywhere, in any place".

The version of the U.S. flag that appeared at the back of the new shoes, which has 13 white stars rather than the 50 on the modern version, was used in the United States from 1777 to 1795 according to the Smithsonian. "And I believe that we need to move toward an inclusive America that understands that pain - that doesn't wipe it away from history in the sense that it still belongs in a museum, or we need to read about it and understand the significance, because that's how you learn and make sure that we don't make the same mistakes in the future - but does not glorify it, does not celebrate it".

"Nike made the decision to halt distribution of the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation's patriotic holiday".

Ted Cruz, the Republican senator for Texas who sought his party's presidential nomination in 2016, said: "It's a good thing Nike only wants to sell sneakers to people who hate the American flag". Kaepernick reportedly got Nike to pull the shoes from its shelves. It has also been criticized as evocative of an era when slavery was still predominant in the U.S.

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Ducey's action stems from a Wall Street Journal article that details how former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick convinced Nike to cancel their plans for a sneaker that features an early American flag commonly known as the Betsy Ross flag.

Nike has been planning to build a multimillion-dollar plant in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear, a facility that would employ more than 500 workers within five years of opening, the Arizona Republic reported Monday. "I am embarrassed for Nike", Mr Ducey tweeted, calling the decision a "shameful retreat".

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, received widespread backlash for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, and has been a free agent since March 2017.

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