Is anyone else upset about Nike’s decision to pull the Betsy Ross sneakers off the market because Colin Kaepernick voiced his personal objection to that icon as being offensive to him?
Well, Nike, Colin Kaepernick does not speak for me, and I’m sure that he does not speak for a multitude of Americans. To say that pulling the Betsy Ross sneakers was a business decision is nothing short of malarkey. It saddens me to realize people and entities are so afraid of offending the lowest common denominator that it has caused the political correctness movement to an absolute extreme. To be sure, I am not advocating intolerance, misanthropy or elitism, but when has the common good become subordinate to the will of the extremes from the far right or far left? Since when has being able to toss a football qualified a person to set moral standards? In the beginning, even though I found it offensive, I defended Colin Kaepernick’s right to kneel for the National Anthem. But no more, I now see it for the disrespect that he meant it to be. He has squandered the gifts the Almighty gave him yet considers that he is owed some sort of homage by virtue of his past accomplishments on the gridiron. The bottom line is that regardless of his celebrity status, his is just one opinion. Nike, you should do well to remember that.
Personally, I consider Betsy Ross a very important part of American history. No other factors that may have been occurring during this time period should detract from her contribution to American history. Any particular person’s personal preferences or sentiments will not rewrite history. To those people who look for and find offense with acts, movements or time periods of the past, I would tell them to redirect their focus and write the future.
Since we are on the subject of rewriting history, let me broaden the scope of this discussion to include the effort to eradicate all vestiges of the Confederacy. The recent movement to remove statues honoring Confederate soldiers or statesmen for duty above and beyond is misdirected. The color of their uniform does not diminish their heroism. Even though I do not agree with the ideology of the Confederacy, I can still appreciate their bravery in defending their families, property and way of life. Surely, no different than military veterans of today.