Nike, Coca-Cola and Apple, three companies that vehemently supported the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd’s death, are pushing against a U.S. ban on imports of products made by Chinese slave labor.
The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Law, which awaits the green light from the Senate, bans the importation of goods produced in Xinjiang where companies cannot prove that they were not made by forced labor.
Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang face massive persecution at the hands of Chinese authorities, many being held in de facto re-education camps where they are forced to work and undergo draconian brainwashing programs.
Nike, Coca-Cola and Apple have never missed an opportunity to assert their awakened corporate values, Apple CEO Tim Cook previously saying, “To the black community – we see you. You matter and your life matters.
In honor of BLM, Nike also released a modified version of its slogan that read, “For once, don’t do it,” while James Quincey, CEO of Coca-Cola, said, “Companies like ours must speak out as allies of the Black Lives. Movement of matter.
Apparently, the lives of Uyghurs don’t matter as the three companies are lobbying against the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Law.
“And yet, despite all their performative moralizations, these companies are now trying to water down action against the extreme oppression of Uyghur Muslims in China,” Spiked reports.
Nike, Coca-Cola and other large corporations and business groups are lobbying Congress to weaken a bill that would ban imported goods made with forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region. https://t.co/63B7LyKIAp
– The New York Times (@nytimes) November 30, 2020
“The New York Times reports that lobbyists are looking for changes such as the ‘ [of] disclosure requirements ”that would be put in place by law. Apple, he claims, has proposed extended compliance deadlines and is not in favor of giving supply chain information to the public, preferring instead to disclose that information to Congress. “
The three companies deny any role in the incitement to slave labor, but a study by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute found that “Apple and Nike were the beneficiaries of ‘abusive labor transfer programs’ involving Uyghurs. “
Coca-Cola says it does not allow modern slavery in its supply chain and has done everything possible to eradicate it.
“But the disclosure documents are revealing,” Spiked writes. Although not explicit on the ultimate spending goals, they show that Nike and Coca-Cola paid for lobbying in relation to the forced labor law, while Apple also paid for lobbying on what New York Times described as ‘related to Xinjiang legislation’.
The sheer hypocrisy of those transnational corporations having repeatedly signaled virtue about the Black Lives Matter movement while simultaneously trying to support modern slavery for profit is beyond amazement.
As we pointed out earlier, the NBA has also supported the Black Lives Matter movement and all kinds of other “ awakened ” causes while giving in to Communist China, especially in its brutal crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong.
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