A conservative activist advises patriotic Americans to use their pocketbooks to show Nike their disapproval of the company's pandering to the demands of a former NFL quarterback.
As OneNewsNow previously reported, Nike pulled an American flag themed shoe off the market after Colin Kaepernick, who made headlines in 2016 for kneeling or otherwise not participating in the national anthem before NFL games, complained that the 18th Century-era flag imprinted on the shoe represented America when slavery was legal.
Council Nedd II, a co-chairman of the Project 21 Black Leadership Network, says he is done with Nike.
"There's lots of people who feel that exact same way," he tells OneNewsNow. "There are lots of soldiers, lots of airmen, lots of military, [and] lots of law enforcement who have very strong feelings about these sorts of things and would be happy to go out … and purchase these shoes. I didn't go to business school or anything; I don't have an MBA. But alienating half of the population in the United States is probably not a good idea from a business standpoint."
Quite simply, Nedd says people do not have to support a company that does not support their views.
"We certainly should not support anybody that does not support our country," he insists. "And for a company like Nike to pull something as patriotic as a Betsy Ross flag off their shoes because this disgruntled individual says that he's offended by it -- well, you know what there are lots of other people who are now offended by Nike's actions, and they should vote with their pocketbook."
Nedd predicts that pandering to Kaepernick's demand will negatively affect Nike's sales because the company appears too far out of the mainstream as well as unpatriotic.