Decrying racial injustice in America has become a prominent part of some U.S. companies’ public image. But when it comes to China committing ‘the largest incarceration of an ethnoreligious minority since the Holocaust,’ they seem to think profits are more important.
Just this summer, as domestic terrorists tore through American cities, Nike unveiled new ads in support of the domestic terrorists who were burning and looting American small businesses. “When things aren’t fair, we’ll come together for change,” one commercial said while another told us to stop pretending “there’s not a problem in America.”
Around the same time, Apple grabbed attention for bewailing “the pain deeply etched in the soul of our nation,” and published a separate statement saying that “things must change,” and promised their commitment to being a force for that change.
Coca-Cola jumped into the fray to align themselves as “allies to the Black Lives Movement” as they promised to stand with them in seeking justice and equality.
What about justice and equality for the owners of all the businesses Antifa and BLM looted and burned? What hypocrites – and like hypocrites everywhere, while pandering to the social justice flavor of the month in the US, American corporations like Nike and Apple were working behind the scenes to kill the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevent Act which would crack down on goods imported to the US produced by slave labor. Apparently racial injustice is okay as long as it benefits your bottom line!
The New York Times reported on November 29 that in the “first three quarters of 2020, Nike spent $920,000 on in-house lobbying of Congress and other federal agencies … on matters including … the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.” Apple, during the same time frame, “paid … $90,000 to lobby on issues including Xinjiang-related legislation.” And Coca-Cola topped them both, shelling out $4.7 million for in-house lobbying on matters including the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.
East Turkistan is the historical Uyghur homeland and comprises China’s Xinjiang province. The resource-rich territory contains massive quantities of minerals, coal, sugar, cotton, and agricultural crops as well as a giant labor pool that is exploited to work in Chinese clothing and footwear factories.
An estimated 1.8 million members of Xinjiang’s historical Uyghur population are Muslim and Turkic people; people who China has “vanished” into concentration camps and work camps run by the Bingtuan military corporation, aka the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) to be used as forced labor similar to Russia’s gulags.
Muslim and Turkic Uyghurs have been shipped to work outside of Xinjiang and often bought and sold on online forums. Australia’s Strategic Policy Institute estimates that at least 80,000 were shipped directly from detention camps between 2017 and 2019.
Uyghur Muslims are murdered and have their organs harvested to the tune of an estimated 25,000 young men each year, with their body parts sold as “halal” organs to wealthy Muslims in countries such as Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations.
Those Muslim detainees allowed to live are forced to violate their religion by consuming pork and alcohol and are forbidden to pray. They often remain captive until they abandon their Muslim culture in favor of “superior” mainstream Han Chinese culture. Those who resist routinely face starvation, torture, brainwashing, sexual abuse, forced abortions and sterilization. Unknown numbers who fail to assimilate are killed in the camps.
Renowned anthropologist Adrian Zens says China’s treatment of the Uyghurs meets the United Nations definition of genocide and equates it to “the largest incarceration of an ethnoreligious minority since the Holocaust.”
Apple, Nike, and all the companies lobbying secretly to continue profiting from the use of Uyghur Muslim slave labor. are hypocritical and nefarious actors of the worst kind. Their cynical virtue signaling and manipulation of popular solidarity and human empathy is revolting. They deserve to be called out for their hypocrisy and treasonous behavior.
What explains this hypocrisy? Why is it that so many of those who claim to be concerned about racism, slavery and injustice are upset only by problems in the US even when other nations have problems more widespread and severe? Greed – simply greed.
The next time you purchase an Apple product or buy a pair of Nikes, remember – you are promoting slave labor and the genocide of an entire race of human beings.
Source: Some of the U.S.’s Wokest Companies Support China’s Genocide of Uyghurs by Jeremiah Jacques, Trumpet; The American Companies Enabling China’s Uyghur Genocide by Paul Brian, The American Conservative.