Kaepernick Checks Nike For Racist Shoe Release
Nike released the Air Max 1 for the 4th of July holiday featuring an early American Flag created by Betsy Ross as it was during the Slavery Era in America.
The heel of the shoe displays a flag with 13 stars in a circle for the 13 colonies designed during the American Revolution.
When Colin Kaepernick saw an image of the newly released shoe online, he contacted Nike to let them know how offensive the design was to himself and others. So, of that shoe he was not a fan. Colin has been signed to Nike since 2011, and in 2018 became the face of the Nike 30th anniversary ad for "Just Do It." Since then the company's sales increased in a major way. Sales rose to 10.18 Billion in the 4th Quarter.
The release has gotten political attention as well as the Governor Doug Ducey has decided the State of Arizona will no longer offer tax breaks for Nike to locate and build a plant in Goodyear, Arizona.
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," says Sandra Carreon-John, a spokeswoman for Nike said Tuesday.
Gone are the days where racially insensitive issues are swept under the rug here in America. Kudos to Colin for protesting police brutality and racial injustice.