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Nike, Did We Ever Really Know Ya?

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As I celebrated Independence Day, yesterday, oddly I found myself ruminating over Nike' s recent decision to pull the Betsy Ross Flagged sneakers from their stores, just because Colin Kaepernick was offended that the Betsy Ross Flag represented a time in our nations history when slavery was accepted. To my mind, that's a pretty ridiculous stretch. The Betsy Ross flag represents a lot of very positive things to a lot of good people. Hell, several of our Founding Fathers owned slaves. I believe the records show that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, etc. owned, or lived in households maintained by and operated through the efforts of slave labor. Should we discard the Constitution? Do we disavow the contributions of any who may have at one point been touched by or benefited from the efforts of slave labor. I think not. That would be woefully shortsighted and decicedly stupid. Don't get me wrong...I am a fire breathing opponent of even the concept of slavery and find it to be one of the most unfortunate and hateful threads that were woven into the fabric of the United States of America. However I realize the extended threat(s) of trying to pull such hateful thread(s) from our cloakes of patriotism to be a fruitless undertaking and one that could lead to the unaveling of the very fabric of our society! Jeez Louise Nike, have you totally lost your good sense?
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Many years ago I was brought into a Southwest Plan federal savings bank as the general counsel. Prior to my arrival, the CEO and prior general counsel had adopted a litigation strategy of engaging all of the decent law firms so that they were conflicted out from representing the people we were suing to collect on defaulted loans. When I got there we had almost a hundred firms. I wonder if certain groups are employing a similar strategy by adopting multiple symbols.
And allowing a group of odious bigots to appropriate something that belongs to all of us is a noxious and cowardly concession.
And let us all work to make it as meaningful to all as
No fear. They're not grabbing symbols willy nilly. They must mean something to them, from a time before their time, when they thought all was white and wonderful, or when their numbers had swelled so that they were more than a looney fringe, a looney power. Nazi Germany, the Klan of the South, at this country's inception before any immigration (the Ross flag.)

By the way, did your firm actually operate the way your anecdote stated? Man. But never mind.
I wasn't with a firm at the time. I was the in house general counsel. I was once a partner in a law firm, but we were, thankfully, above such shenanigans. As I stated, it was a strategy deployed by the CEO and the prior GC. I was brought in to clean up the mess.
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