Less than 24 hours after Nike announced a 500,000 square foot facility in Goodyear they also announced that they were pulling all of their Betsy Ross American Flag shoes because Colin Kaepernick called them racist. In response, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said that the state was pulling all tax incentives. It is rare for the Governor to jump into such battles. But in this case is was absolutely the right decision. It sends a clear message of who we are and what is important to us. The current Flag has 13 stripes representing the 13 colonies. I have a feeling Kaepernick would have taken issue with any symbol of patriotism shown by Nike. I just wonder why Nike caved to his request? How does this benefit them in any way? When the American Flag becomes politically polarizing we are in serious trouble.
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