Want a sign that the left is now bringing ruin to the business world, after it has done the same for the education and entertainment industries? Look no further than Nike.
Days before the U.S. celebrates Independence Day, Nike pulled sneakers back from retailers that contained a small image of the famous Betsy Ross flag on the back.
Apparently that small homage to America’s founding offended the delicate sensibilities of Colin Kaepernick, the reprehensible leftist former football player who protested the national anthem, whose idea of appropriate footwear is socks depicting police officers as pigs, and who prefers shirts honoring Cuba’s murderous dictator Fidel Castro.
This is a guy who once tweeted a picture of a police badge next to a “fugitive slave patrol” badge, with the words “You can’t ignore your history – always remember who they are.”
But, when Kaepernick whined to Nike that Betsy Ross had stitched the flag while slavery was still in force in America, and so shouldn’t be displayed in public, Nike pulled the shoes off the market.
Nike’s pathetic statement was that it did so “based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday.”
Wait. We can’t show off the flag that symbolizes America’s liberation from tyranny on the day that celebrates the Declaration of Independence, because it might “unintentionally offend” some people?
The college snowflakes who insist on trigger warnings and safe spaces and coloring books any time they came across an idea that they don’t like have now taken control of corporate America.
The absurdity of Nike’s decision comes into greater focus when you realize that, while it’s sanctimoniously portraying Kaepernick as a paragon of free speech, it’s helping the Chinese government crack down on dissent.
The same week that Nike pulled the Betsy Ross sneaker here, it was pulling products in China after its designer, Jun Takahashi, expressed support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests.
“So the Chinese government and Colin Kaepernick, then, are either implicitly or explicitly calling the shots at Nike, pressuring the company into making business decisions to cater either to this mob or that,” National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis correctly observed.
How long does Nike think it can intentionally offend patriotic Americans before enough consumers realize they can buy shoes from companies that don’t belittle their beliefs?
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