Nothing upsets white Americans more than trying to confront America’s racist history, especially when it’s proudly symbolically displayed in statues, flags, and even shoes.

And like clockwork, just days before Independence Day, “Patriotic Twitter” is outraged because Nike dropped a Betsy Ross flag-themed shoe design after NFL star-tuned activist Colin Kaepernick expressed concerns the design was offensive.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, this week, Nike was set to debut a shoe featuring the 1770s American flag designed by Betsy Ross, which had 13 stars representing the original 13 colonies.

However, Kap was concerned the American Revolution era imagery had close connections to slavery. So, Nike pulled the shoe, even requesting retailers that had already received the product to send the merchandise back.

In a statement, a Nike spokesperson simply said the company “has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag.”

Though some on social media had already criticized leaked images of the design, “Patriotic Twitter”/ignorant white people were quick to deem Kaepernick un-American once his involvement in the matter was reported and caused “Betsy Ross” to become a trending topic.

Kaepernick sparked a national debate in 2016 when he chose to kneel during the Star-Spangled Banner before NFL games in protest of police brutality and racial inequality.

He was heavily criticized by racists and President Donald Trump for expressing his First Amendment Right to protest.

Kaepernick was ultimately released from the NFL over the controversy and he has continued to focus on activism.

Nike stands with Kap and so do I.

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