Remember those days when American businesses were proud to be American? When they’d proudly stand up for the US abroad and help fight for freedom? They dropped everything and built weapons for the Second World War, helped the CIA fight communism abroad, and exported American culture and capitalist values to every corner of the globe. Jeans became symbols of freedom in the Eastern Bloc, American movies showed the glory of American culture, and the technological wonders our companies created awed both our allies and our enemies. From the Saturn V to the personal computer, America’s companies showed off what capitalism and ingenuity could combine to create.
Well, thanks to globalism, those days are largely gone. Now, other than a few conservative companies and the defense contractors, America’s big businesses don’t view themselves as American companies, but rather citizens of the world.
They move abroad, chasing tax breaks. They work with China, undermining US efforts to fight that tyrant. They lobby against pro-American foreign policy and trade policy, caring more about marginal profits than American values. And, of course, they’ve offshored millions of jobs, sent capital abroad while closing down factories at home, and have generally put the bottom line above their duty as patriots.
But it gets worse. In a phone call with analysts, Nike’s CEO, John Donahoe, declared that “Nike is a brand that is of China and for China.”
That comment came as part of Nike’s efforts to hide its role in the Uighur genocide. Here’s what The Federalist reported:
“Donahoe’s comment comes after Nike released a statement in March claiming it is “concerned about reports of forced labor in, and connected to, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).”
While the company also claimed it does not directly source its product material from forced labor, critics argue the country’s supply chains are interwoven. There are thought to be more than 1 million Uyghur Muslims held in Xinjiang — which delivers 80 percent of Chinese cotton.
Nike partnered with Coca-Cola and Apple to lobby against a Xinjiang forced labor measure last November. The bill — called the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act — made its way through the House of Representatives 406 to 3.
The bill would have “impose[d] various restrictions related to China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region, including by prohibiting certain imports from Xinjiang and imposing sanctions on those responsible for human rights violations there.” An Australian report from March 2020 alleged Nike, Apple, and 80 other corporations are “potentially directly or indirectly benefiting from the use of Uyghur workers outside Xinjiang through abusive labour transfer programs as recently as 2019.”’
There you have it. Nike is a brand that is of China and for China and its CEO is proud of that fact. What’s more, it’s helping China commit genocide and doesn’t seem to care. Boycott Nike!
By: Gen Z Conservative