Pardon my patriotism
In recent days we’ve seen a big flap about Nike’s almost-introduction of its patriotic Betsy Ross shoes. It seems the Betsy Ross flag was offensive to Colin Kaepernick, the NFL player who was essentially black-balled after he started kneeling during the national anthem. For reasons I’ve never fully understood, Nike hired him last year to be their spokesman (no doubt it had to do with money and an effort to appeal to certain segments of the population).
Kaepernick did a quick thumbs down on the Betsy Ross flag because it was created while slavery still existed in the US. He said the design is associated with racism and slavery. And, letting the tail wag the dog, Nike quickly pulled the shoes.
The Betsy Ross flag was made in 1776. The Stars and Stripes (with the arrangement of the stars undefined) was adopted as our official national flag in 1777.
Any day now, someone will be demanding we replace today’s Stars and Stripes with something “less offensive.”