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Here's Why Nike Discontinued Their Betsy Ross Flag Sneakers


A patriotic Nike Air Max shoe has been pulled from shelves just ahead of Independence Day amid recent backlash. The Air Max 1 USA was supposed to go on sale to coincide with the July 4 holiday. However, activists — most notably former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick — objected to the design, which featured the 13-star banner known as the Betsy Ross flag on the heel of the shoe.

So, why did Nike decide to pull the shoe, and what about that flag is offensive to some people? Read on for the history of the flag and the backlash that led Nike to discontinue the sneaker.

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