Since 1911, women have been honored internationally on this day for their courage and contributions to modern society. Will traditional role models like Betsy Ross, Martha Washington, Abigail Adams and Clara Barton be expunged from history since they lived at a time when gender roles were different and slavery was commonplace? Betsy Ross, narrowly avoided cancellation two years ago. Who will be the next target of the woke leftist mob?
Considered essential to the American Revolution, Betsy Ross is credited with sewing the first United States flag. A symbol of patriotism, Ross is often celebrated as the woman who helped George Washington finish the design. Although there is no historical evidence that she created this flag, her story has made her a national icon.womenshistory.org
Betsy Ross narrowly beat the woke mob in 2019 when Nike pulled a patriotic sneaker release just before the Fourth of July holiday. You may recall that the reactionary Nike corporation bowed to pressure from Colin Kaepernick to halt release of already-produced and distributed products due to claims that it promoted a time when slavery was institutional.
“We regularly make business decisions to withdraw initiatives, products and services. NIKE made the decision to halt distribution [of the shoe] based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday.” Nike press release via npr.org
While Betsy Ross and the iconic flag of early American resolve and freedom survived the ordeal, the sneakers did not. How long before the Betsy Ross flag and story as well as all pre-1865 American figures / symbols are cancelled due to their nonsensical, indirect connection to slavery?
The American Revolution created a republic with more civil liberties than any nation before. Globally, the model of revolution in response to tyranny and the creation of freedom inspired numerous revolutions from France to Haiti and much of Latin America. The Bill of Rights became the model for ultimate, individual freedom. Listen to our post from last week, now on Spotify if you need a refresher.