(SUMMIT NEWS) – Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says he supports Nike's decision to withdraw a new line of sneakers featuring the Betsy Ross flag over concerns it could cause offense.
Nike issued a special edition of its Air Max 1 brand in anticipation of July 4 featuring the flag under which America's 13 original colonies were founded 243 years ago. The design features 13 five-pointed stars arranged in a circle on a field of blue alongside 13 white and red bars.
However, the line was withdrawn after Colin Kaepernick convinced Nike that the design may be offensive to black Americans because, "the flag recalls an era when black people were enslaved and….has been appropriated by white nationalist groups," reported the Associated Press.
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Now Beto O'Rourke has publicly backed Nike's decision to pull the sneakers.