Nike Pulls Shoe Design After Concerns from Colin Kaepernick

Nike Pulls Shoe Design After Concerns from Colin Kaepernick

Is industry more important than policy and politics? Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has decided to just do it: Change his mind and welcome Nike with open arms.

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Nike had planned to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July shoe featuring the Betsy Ross American flag. The shoes were supposed to be released to celebrate Independence Day. However, after concerns from former NFL football player, Colin Kaepernick, the brand decided to pull the design from stores. According to The Wall Street Journal, Kaepernick said the early flag has connections to slavery. The Ku Klux Klan and the White Nationalist group Identity Evropa have used the Betsy Ross flag to represent when it was legal to enslave people.

“Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured an old version of the American flag,” Nike said to CNBC. Nike had already shipped the shoes to retailers but asked for them to be returned without a reason, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Some of the shoes were sold before Nike decided to recall the design. On a resale website, StockX, a pair was sold for $2,500. More recently the CEO removed the Nike Air Max 1 from their website. The CEO, Scott Cutler, said in a tweet that the product “does not align with our value system.”

The Betsy Ross flag was created in the 1770s and had 13 stars in a circle to represent the 13 colonies. Now, the flag has a history of being associated with white supremacy since it was created in a time when most states had slaves.

In early July, Nike announced plans to build a manufacturing plant in Goodyear, Arizona. According to NBC News, after hearing Nike pulled the shoe design, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted that “Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours. I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here.” He followed that up with another tweet saying “Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.”

Later, Ducey had a change of heart and welcomed Nike to Arizona with tweet, “This is good news for Arizona and for @GoodyearAZgov. 500 plus jobs. Over $184 million in capital investment. Arizona is open for business, and we welcome @Nike to our state.”

According to Nike, they will start building the plant in Arizona in early 2020 and hiring will start immediately.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Is industry more important than policy and politics? Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has decided to just do it: Change his mind and welcome Nike with open arms.

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38% Y- all about the $$
62% N- have a position
Males
35% Y- all about the $$
65% N- have a position
Females
44% Y- all about the $$
56% N- have a position

Y- all about the $$

N- have a position


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