CBS, NBC Boost Kaepernick Claim Betsy Ross Flag Is Racist Symbolism

NewsBusters | 7/3/2019 | Staff
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Shoemaker Nike once again showed their disdain for America this week after pulling a new Fourth of July themed shoe sporting the Betsy Ross flag, because failed NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick thought it was racist and a symbol of slavery.

To any student of history, or anyone who ever took an American history class, the idea that the American flag with 13 stars was a symbol of racism and slavery was nonsense. But CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News bought into the accusation without even a second thought and even pushed the lunacy.

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CBS correspondent Meg Oliver pulled out all the stops to help convince viewers of Kaepernick’s argument. “Nike set off a firestorm after pulling their shoes emblazoned with the Betsy Ross flag, an early version of the American flag with 13 stars and stripes used in the 1700s, before slavery was abolished,” she reported.

Adding: “Former NFL star Colin Kaepernick is the face of Nike's ‘Just do it’ campaign. He reportedly complained to Nike the flag is an offensive symbol of slavery.”

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She even spoke with former New York Times sports columnist William Rhoden. “Well, it symbolizes -- I see the – I see the 13 colonies, and that leads directly to slavery,” he told her. “This is a great teaching moment, and it brings us in contact with the history that most of us and most Americans do not want to deal with.”

Apparently completely willing to let hate groups dictate what’s theirs and what the rest of us can’t enjoy, Oliver also claimed that, “In some cases, the Betsy Ross flag has been co-opted by white supremacist groups like the KKK.”

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Meanwhile, she tut-tutted the way “conservatives lashed out against Nike”:

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas wrote, "It's a good thing Nike only wants to sell sneakers to people who hate...
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