Since when have Americans crowd-sourced patriotism?
I may be mistaken, but I was led to believe that patriotism and faith were similar in that they were both values that you held personally. They were yours to share, if you wished, but any attempt to impose them on others would be seen as uncouth at best, cruel at worst.
Now, in America's hyper charged political landscape, we are constantly having our patriotism "checked" as it were, much in the way that the liberal left has to keep their "privilege" checked. We have to be able to prove to one another that we can love what America stands for, but maybe not everything about it.
In the case of Colin Kaepernick, we're not sure that his personal feelings on the state of America are being expressed in a healthy way. He has taken a stand for what he believes in, as is his right, and he has said his piece, but he seems to be lashing out at the very symbols of the nation he proposes to fix with his protests.
His latest stunt has the unemployed second stringer seemingly steering the ship over at global brand Nike, after a red, white, and blue shoe release for July 4th has been canceled.
According to the WSJ:
The sneaker giant created the Air Max 1 USA in celebration of the July Fourth holiday, and it was slated to go on sale this week. The heel of the shoe featured a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle, a design created during the American Revolution and commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross flag.
After shipping the shoes to retailers, Nike asked for them to be returned without explaining why, the people said. The shoes aren’t available on Nike’s own apps and websites.
‘Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag,’ a Nike spokeswoman said.
After images of the shoe were posted online, Mr. Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, reached out to company officials saying that he and others felt the Betsy Ross flag is an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery, the people said. Some users on social media responded to posts about the shoe with similar concerns. Mr. Kaepernick declined to comment.
Some say he doth protest too much.
This is the sort of history revisionism that erases Thomas Jefferson's name from historical gatherings and has longstanding murals of George Washington covered in modern "art". We mustn't forget the past - even the unsettling bits - for the past is the only way to steer the future.
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