From an article on Nike’s decision to pull the Betsy Ross flag shoes, an assertion that has cropped up in virtually every treatment of the controversial decision by the corporate media:
When asked about the decision by reporters at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, O’Rourke noted that the flag had been adopted as a symbol by some extremists and white nationalists.
By who, and where? While I’m certainly no expert on white nationalism, I was aware of It’s okay to be white, NPCs, and clown world. These all made inroads into mainstream culture. I can’t recall ever seeing the Betsy Ross flag used in any such context, though.
Is the assertion nothing more than a blatant lie employed for the purposes of suppressing criticism of a radical request made by Kaepernick and granted by Nike?
Or, rather than reactive damage control, is this a test run for an aggressive escalation in the culture war unlike anything that has come before?
The tactic is straightforward–identify a symbol of American heritage, claim it has been adopted by some white supremacists, and then demand all manifestations of it be physically deracinated, all references to it erased, and any mentions of it in the future forbidden. It’s a license to kill any symbol with impunity. You have reservations about changing the name of the nation’s capital to Emancipation City? So you’re a white supremacist, then?
Those risible congressional hearings weren’t for nothing. Mt. Rushmore, the Washington Monument, the American flag–these things are all on borrowed time.