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WSJ: Nike’s ‘Patriotic Fumble’ an ‘In-Kind Donation to Trump’s Re-Election’

By WillPowers follow WillPowers   2019 Jul 3, 2:31pm 188 views   1 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) editorial board observed Tuesday that Nike’s decision to allow ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick to “call the play” of rescinding the company’s release of its “Betsy Ross flag” sneaker is essentially an “in-kind donation to Trump’s re-election.”

The WSJ board referred to Nike’s cave to Kaepernick as one of those “harebrained controversies” that ultimately “give many Americans the not unreasonable sense that their country is being maligned by pampered social-justice warriors.”

The editorial board continued:

Nike is entitled to cancel its products for any reason. But the rest of us are entitled to point out that no flag of the United States is a symbol of oppression and racism, and that Mr. Kaepernick’s suggestion that it is one—with Nike’s tacit agreement—is political theater based on false history. We’re also old enough to recall when feminists considered Betsy Ross a hero, not a symbol of repression. But that’s another sign of our current political insanity.

The WSJ board noted that, last year, Nike featured an ad campaign that depicted a photo of Kaepernick with the words, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

“The slogan is an allusion to Mr. Kaepernick’s belief that the NFL declined to sign him after his 2016 season, not because he played badly (though by most measures he did) but because he knelt during the National Anthem to protest police brutality against African-Americans,” the board said.


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