Nike has pulled a USA-themed sneaker that featured the Betsy Ross American flag after former NFL quarterback and social justice activist Colin Kaepernick told the company that the 13-star flag celebrated the slavery era. The flag has since been adopted by several neo-Nazi groups.
The company planned to release an Air Max 1 USA to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported Nike’s decision. The sneaker, in red, white, and blue, featured an early version of the US flag with 13 white stars in a circle to represent the 13 original colonies. The design was created during the American Revolution and is referred to as the Betsy Ross flag.
“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…
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