by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
[W]hile Nike loves to promote its brand by showing the utmost disrespect for America’s flag and anthem, it sure does know how to salute when the subject comes to China.
“Nike is a brand that is of China and for China,” Nike CEO John Donahoe recently said on a call with Wall Street analysts while discussing Nike’s latest earnings report. No word from Donahoe if Nike is a brand that is of the United States and for the United States, though.
Nike is not the only corporation that likes to market itself as woke here at home while tolerating the worst human rights abuses of the world’s largest tyrannical regimes abroad.
After President Joe Biden said he “would strongly support” efforts to punish the state of Georgia for passing a voting integrity law, dozens of American corporations also attacked the Peach State.
Of those American corporations that were so offended by Georgia’s efforts to make it easier for American citizens to vote, while making it harder to cheat, five are also sponsors of China’s scheduled 2022 Olympic Games. The five corporate hypocrites are Airbnb, Coca-Cola, General Electric, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Procter & Gamble.
The Olympics are the most prestigious, esteemed sporting event globally and it ought to be a privilege for a country to be selected as host. China will have scored a major propaganda victory if it is able to successfully host these games while actively violating the human rights of Uighurs in Xinjiang and dissidents in Hong Kong.
Ideally, the president of the United States would have a strong position on how our country should deal with the China 2022 Olympics. Unfortunately, Biden has been silent, offering no public leadership on the issue at all.