Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) addressed the ongoing controversy surrounding Nike’s decision to remove Betsy Ross flag sneakers from distribution.
What’s a brief background?
The footwear company nixed plans to ship out the sneakers to stores after some people — including activist and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick — insisted that the Revolutionary War-era flag was offensive.
Such people found the shoes offensive because the flag was a throwback to a time when slavery was prevalent in the United States.
Nike defended its actions and told CNBC that they did not want to “detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday” and cause controversy “based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend” people.
What did Crenshaw have to say?
In a Tuesday tweet, the Texas Republican said that people who were offended by the Betsy Ross flag might be better served in a place that would carve out safe spaces for those offended.
He wrote, “If you’re offended by a shoe celebrating the flag of the American Revolution, it’s a good indication that you may be better off living in a permanent safe space. Or Cuba.”
Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, famously praised Cuba in 2016, and defended former dictator Fidel Castro.
During a 2016 interview, Kaepernick said, “One thing that Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system — which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that.”
“We do break up families here,” he added. “That’s what mass incarceration is. That was the foundation of slavery, so our country has been based on that as well as the genocide of Native Americans.”
Crenshaw’s tweet went viral after he posted it. At the time of this writing, it has received more than 132,000 likes.
If you’re offended by a shoe celebrating the flag of the American Revolution, it’s a good indication that you may be better off living in a permanent safe space.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) July 3, 2019
Author: Sarah Taylor