A conservative activist and investor is speaking out against American corporations sponsoring what he calls the “Genocide Olympics” in Beijing.
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“It is being sponsored by numerous major American corporations including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, and Visa,” says Justin Danhof, executive vice president of the National Center for Public Policy Research.
China is accused of committing genocide based on its treatment of Uyghurs, an ethnic group that is predominantly Muslim. In June 2021, the BBC said there were 12 million Uyghurs living in Xinjiang.
Danhof says we live in an era where Atlanta cannot host a Major League Baseball All-Star Game because the state put in some voter integrity measures, but no one bats an eye over the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
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“Companies spoke out fervently against Georgia’s law, but we’ve got companies sponsoring the Genocide Olympics in Beijing,” says Danhof, who previously served as the National Center’s General Counsel as well as Director of the Center’s Free Enterprise Project.
Danhof adds that many of these companies also spoke out on social issues.
“Visa went all-in on the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd,” says Danhof. “They have announced plans that are, in my opinion, wildly illegal regarding promotion and hiring of underrepresented minorities where they’re setting quotas for different levels of their employment, so they’re very very keen on moralizing to the United States of America while at the same time saying nothing, and I mean nothing about the human rights abuses in China.”
Danhof confronted Visa executives at the recent shareholder meeting but got no answer after asking why it would sponsor the Olympic games despite the U.S. government “boycotting the games over China’s human rights atrocities.”
“It’s shocking, but that’s the world in 2022,” says Danhof.
The Biden administration has announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Athletes from Team USA will be competing, but representatives of the U.S. government will not be attending.
Individuals and special interest groups have called for a complete boycott of the games, similar to the one announced in March 1980 by then-President Jimmy Carter.