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Nike's Betsy Ross Shoes
Jul 11, 2019 at 08:20 AM

The Quick Facts

  • Last week, Nike pulled sneakers that it had decorated with the Betsy Ross flag, a design that features 13 stars in a circle.
  • Brand ambassador Colin Kaepernick was a key voice calling for Nike to scrap the shoe. He argued that the flag was offensive given its connections to a period of slavery, and that the design was popular among white supremacists.
  • Nike's decision sparked lots of controversy, especially after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey decided to withdrawing financial incentives for a Nike plant in his state to protest the company's decision to pull the flag shoes.

Food For Thought

Should Nike have pulled its Betsy Ross shoes?

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