Since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sidelined his football career to protest injustice, he’s been very outspoken on American issues of race and slavery from centuries ago. But Colin Kaepernick is also a highly-compensated face of sports retailer Nike. And therein lies the rub – the NFL player turn social justice warrior is notably silent on the slavery Uyghurs face in China where his namesake Nikes are made.
China has detained Uyghurs and used them in forced labor. The Uyghurs are a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority in China. This human atrocity is happening in the Xinjiang region of China where Nikes are made.
China’s forced Uyghur labor is an ugly practice. One very similar to the pre-Civil war practices that Kaepernick and his fellow social justice warriors believe completely soils American exceptionalism.
Except, rather than happening in the 19th century, it’s happening right now in China. The difference appears to be that Kaepernick is profiting from it since Nike, who has given him a windfall of cash, uses Ugyhur labor.