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A new Gallup poll shines a spotlight on the deep political divide in America and surely points to what the upcoming presidential election will be about.
Gallup asked, "How proud are you to be an American?"
Percent - Republicans - Percent - Democrats
Seventy-six percent of Republicans said "extremely proud" compared with 22 percent of Democrats.
Broken down by age, 63% of those over 65 said "extremely proud," and only 24% of those 18 to 29.
Something - Nike - Move - Betsy - Ross
This tells us something about Nike's recent move to pull its Betsy Ross flag sneakers from the marketplace, having taken guidance from its ex-football star anti-hero, now-Nike corporate spokesman, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick claims that America's first flag is associated with the era of slavery.
Analysts say, according to the Wall Street Journal, that Nike's "core customer base ... starts with American males in their early teens." And, "80% of the sneaker industry's most committed enthusiasts are under the age of 35."
Estimates - Kaepernick - Worth - Deal - Millions
Estimates are that Kaepernick's net worth is $20 million, and his Nike deal will add millions of dollars a year. At age 31, it seems that Kaepernick is not doing badly in the USA.
Does this mean he shouldn't speak out if he sees things that are wrong? Of course not. The issue is spin.
Kaepernick - Nike - Message - Men - Men
Is Kaepernick -- and Nike -- delivering a message to young men, particularly young black men, that will make their lives better?
Is a football star worth tens of millions helping our youth by telling them that they live in a nation that is inherently racist?
The operative question is whether it's true.
One of today's headlines is immigration. There are millions who want to come here. There is no country in the world where more aspire to be than the USA. Yet only 24% of those 18 to 29 who were born here feel "extremely proud" of their country? What gives?
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