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This undated product image obtained by the AP shows Nike Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July shoes that have a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on it, known as the Betsy Ross flag, on them. Nike is pulling the flag-themed tennis shoe after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained to the shoemaker, according to the Wall Street Journal. (Nike via AP Photo)


In the aftermath of Nike’s recent decision not to sell Betsy Ross flag-themed tennis shoes, average American citizens who were offended by the news have expressed their outrage in many different ways.

Some took to social media to share their thoughts. Some have put pen to paper and are writing letters to Nike. Some vowed to never wear Nike merchandise again.

But in Oregon, where Nike’s World HQ is located, some activists took a different approach.

Author Jeff Reynolds, writing at PJ Media, reports on how some of the locals responded:

On Independence Day, local activists planted American flags at the entrance of Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. The intent was to show Nike that, despite what Colin Kaepernick may have told them, not everyone thinks the American flag is a symbol of racism and slavery.


One activist who helped to plant the flags at Nike told PJ Media, “It’s just unfortunate that we couldn’t get any Betsy Ross flags, but the message is the same. We wanted to remind Nike that Colin Kaepernick is simply wrong about the history of the flag.”

Reynolds noted that the flag planting started on a small scale, but that the number of flags grew as the day went on.

Here’s one of several images Reynolds took of the planted flags:

There are many more photos posted of the flag display here.

Well done, Oregon patriots. Well done.

—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–