The niece of civil rights legend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called out shoe giant Nike for their decision to pull Betsy Ross flag-themed shoes from shelves before Independence Day, proclaiming that we should be “celebrating living” in America.
During an interview on Fox Business Networks’ “Cavuto Coast-to-Coast,” Dr. Alveda King — who served as a Georgia state representative from 1979 to 1983 — was asked for her reaction to Nike’s nixing of American Revolution flag-inspired shoes.
King responded by saying that she thinks the shoes are “kind of cute” and that the younger generation is “a little more forgiving” than the people who are “polarizing themselves with all of these things.”
She went on to say that she was “reminded” of her family members’ words to “solve conflicts peacefully” and that she believes that “we are skipping some of these steps” when it comes to peaceful demonstrations.
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“I’m reminded of my dad, Rev. A.D. King, my granddaddy Martin Luther King, Sr., and my uncle Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, ‘Solve conflicts peacefully. If you take a knee, say a prayer in the process,'” said King. “So I think that we are skipping some of these steps. You get your information, you educate your public, you examine your own soul, you sit down and you talk. If it doesn’t work, have peaceful demonstrations and then do win-win reconciliations.”
King continued on to say that there was a jump from “no facts, no information” and quipped that she was “not so sure” that Kaepernick “even totally understands who Betsy Ross is.”
“So, I think it’s kind of unfortunate that we’re fighting over sneakers when we should be celebrating living in the best country on the planet,” added King. “And I think it was just an unfortunate choice, actually, Neil.”
King joins others in calling out the shoe giant for their move.
As IJR Red previously reported, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) blasted Nike for their “hypocrisy” in pulling the shoes, claiming the move was “all about the money.”