Maybe you’ve heard of her. Betsy? Betsy Ross? You’ve probably seen her name being blasted all over the media because Nike pulled the Betsy Ross flag shoe allegedly after Colin Kaepernick approached them. Let’s break it down.
Betsy Ross created the first “stars and stripes” USA flag in 1776. It is rumored that she got a visit from then General George Washington about designing a flag. It is also said that the General and the Continental Congress had come up with a basic design. The design ultimately had thirteen stripes and thirteen stars to represent the thirteen colonies. She, then, finalized it after arguing for a five pointed star instead of six.
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress “Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”