Michael Eric Dyson likened the Betsy Ross American flag to the Nazi swastika and a burning Ku Klux Klan cross during an appearance on MSNBC.
"Words matter. Symbols matter, too," Dyson said. "Why don't we wear a swastika for July 4th? Because I don't know, it makes a difference. The cross burning on somebody's lawn. Why don't we just have a Nike celebration of the cross—those symbols are symbols of hate. So we can take PC culture back."
Nike canceled a release of shoes featuring the iconic flag with the 13 stars representing the original colonies, after former NFL quarterback and liberal activist Colin Kaepernick objected because it was “offensive.”
Dyson, a Georgetown University professor who frequently comments on racial issues from a left-wing perspective, defended the cancellation, citing its connection to the revolutionary period and that it was “deeply embroiled in enslavement.”
MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson asked Dyson to address the argument that Nike’s decision to pull the shoes was “PC culture run amok.” More
That flag he is insulting is the foundation for why he is now free and able to state such ignorance and get paid for it too. The other two symbols he put in the same category would have erased him from humanity long ago given the chance.
The Betsy Ross flag was not a symbol of racism or slavery. The Stars and Stripes symbolizes freedom. Shame the renegade MSNBC host. I know what the Confederacy stood for.https://t.co/WyZR5MBtvI
— Vahe Demirjian (@msphuang) July 3, 2019
Besides Betsy Ross came from a devout Quaker family and Quakers led the anti-slavery movement in America. What’s more, Betsy’s home colony of Pennsylvania was the first to abolish slavery 7 years before the Constitution. Slurs against our Founders are not only foolish but ignorant. These folks have completely lost it!
You can't fix DemoRATIC STUPIDITY......PRICELESS. https://t.co/wwrDY5KzYh
— rick (@k5ric) July 3, 2019
This guy is a special kind if stupid especially considering Obama had a Betsy Ross flag at his inauguration... https://t.co/0qLi7Som8B
— JJ (@Jslim86) July 3, 2019
This is their 2020 platform – everything American is racist.https://t.co/A66IpqFPOb
— Harvey"Beto" Danger (@HarveyDanger007) July 3, 2019
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Oh please @MichaelEDyson now do Obama....please
MSNBC Guest Compares Betsy Ross Flag to Swastika, Burning Cross https://t.co/G4gXPHj7bH
— Jonny Cab, Thoughtcriminal (@Inflatulation) July 3, 2019