Ducey Channels Trump, Withdraws AZ Nike Plant Incentives In Tweet

Betsy Ross-Colin Kaepernick controversy

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Governor Ducey addresses the National Investor Relations Institute [Photo from @dougducey]

He’s too short to be president, but you would think he is on his way to the White House after Governor Doug Ducey let off a series of tweets in the early morning hours of Tuesday. In those tweets, Ducey announced that he has withdrawn all financial incentives intended to attract Nike to the Phoenix area.

Ducey was reacting to the news that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick successfully convinced Nike to pull its sneakers featuring an early American flag commonly known as the Betsy Ross flag. Kaepernick reportedly found the shoe to be offensive.

“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike,” Ducey tweeted early Tuesday morning regarding its decision to nix the Betsy Ross sneakers. “Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.

“Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism. It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it.

“Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours. I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here. Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.”


  1. Every African who was brought to these shores as a slave was first made a slave by another African, perhaps especially the king of Dahomey.
    That king used to stage raids frequently, not for purposes of aggressive or defensive war, but purely to capture slaves, many of whom he then drove to the coast to sell to the slavers. And many of whom he kept for his own kingly purposes.
    The first blacks to come to what is now the eastern United States were indentured employees, many of whom, after their seven years, elected to remain. They often became property owners … and some of them even became slave owners.
    Ignorant big-mouths such as Colin Kaepernick, and the left-collectivist “news” media who give them a platform, don’t just contribute mis-information, but they help spread downright lies about history, and thus further divide human beings, angering many and helping foment even violence.

    • Yes, the first Africans were brought over as indentured servants (as perhaps Joe Durham’s ancestors were) and were freed after their term of servitude. But the powers-that-be soon decided black folks didn’t have to be treated the same as white folks., and American slavery was born — and perpetuated. And when finally, outlawed, codified as legal segregation in the South and de facto segregation in the North. Didn’t start to change until the 1960s, and continues insidiously today.

      On this 4th of July, it might be worth hearing the words of former slave and black abolitionist Frederick Douglass:

      “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days of the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is a constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes that would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.

      “At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. O! had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, to-day, pour forth a stream, a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and the crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.”

      Kaepernick comes from a strong tradition,

      • Albert you are a fraud. That is being nice. To cherry pick a quote from the great Frederick Douglas from 1852 almost 10 years before the civil war was fought over slavery and cost at least 600,000 Americans there lives, shows clearly you are not a trained historian but rather a trained propagandist. Please stop lecturing all of us, you have no moral authority to me since I have no affection for a governing theory which resulted in the deaths of 100’s of millions during the 20th century.

        As for Kappernick, he comes from a long tradition of fraudsters of which Mr Lennon is also a part.

  2. It is not “denigrat(ing) our nation’s history” to object to icons that legitimize slavery. It is not “historical revisionism” to observe that the enslavement of African Americans actually existed for hundreds of years. It is relevant that the flag has been appropriated by racists. The governor has placed himself firmly in that camp. Shame on him! As for Colin Kaepernick — well, the Bill of Rights, free speech. Use it or lose it.

    • Albert just as many FREE BLACKS fought under that flag and thought nothing of it. You blame the US for slavery when it was INITIATED by the europeans and was an established institution before the USA was ever found! Take your rose colored glasses off and look at this historically before spouting off. What was OK hundreds of years ago was not thought by many to be wrong. Revisionist history is what is causing all the current uproar. As a matter of fact many who are jumping up and down about this probably have no idea this flag existed! As to the use by white groups many were FOUNDED by the democraps and kept in existence by them. Remember the democraps OPPOSED the passage of civil rights bills and only by strong arm tactics by LBJ was the bill passed! So dont preach down to the rest of the people until you think 1st and sound off later. As to krapernic well what has he actually done to help the people he supposedly is trying to free? Not much as far as anyone knows. Makes you wonder who put him up to this little tantrum at this time? Like I said many blacks fought under that flag and thought nothing of it and yes there were some ‘slaves’ who fought under it to receive their ‘freedom also’.

      Yes this state need development, but not at the cost of left wing idealism and the importation of ideas that have made the left coast a laughing stock to the rest of the US and world. Spoke with people this summer who are from kalif and vow never to return to that toilet of a state and they are encouraging thinking people to move out to see what the real world is like. And yes these were folks of hispanic origins from central and south america.

    • My family was deep in slavery. No, we didn’t own slaves. We were the slaves. And guess what color my family is? Well, we are NOT black. We are white. We are whiter than white. I’m proud that I am white. Why? My family never gave up. Never gave up the dream America represents. Now, I fly that Flag high in front of my house. My gated community protected by the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment. Let Krap go stroke himself.

  3. Good on the guv. Why would Nike bend over for a phony like Krapernick? His disrespect for the US and it’s people is nothing but an attention getting tactic. Let Nike relocate to California where they will appreciate this gesture and reward the company with high taxes.

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