From Jewish Insider:
By Ben Jacobs
July 3, 2019
Marshalltown, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told reporters on Wednesday that he “respected the decision Nike made” to pull special edition tennis shoes with images of the American flag from the market after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly complained.
The shoes featured the original American flag with 13 stars and stripes designed by Betsy Ross in 1777 that has been adopted by some white nationalist groups and, as a result, drew opprobrium from Kaepernick. The decision has brought major backlash from those who simply view the flag as a symbol of the United States. A similar flag was featured at both inaugurations of Barack Obama. A number of lawmakers have condemned the decision and Arizona’s Republican governor Doug Ducey has pulled economic incentives for a Nike manufacturing facility in the state.
When asked about the decision by reporters at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, O’Rourke noted that the flag had been adopted as a symbol by some extremists and white nationalists. He noted that with the legacy of slavery and segregation “I think its really important to take into account the impression that that kind of symbol would have for many of our fellow Americans. So I respect the decision Nike made and more importantly grateful for the conversation that this is producing.”
Sure, Betsy Ross used to be a feminist heroine, but in 2019 what matters is that she was white … and therefore Bad.