The Chicago Tribune today had an article
about how corporate sponsors of the Beijing Olympics are nervous about the negative reaction they may get from those who are protesting the games because of China's numerous human rights abuses. Many protestors are calling on sponsors like Coca-Cola and McDonalds to condemn these Chinese policies.
I was struck by the irony of this considering that many of these corporations are themselves culprits of similar crimes. Why would they make a big deal about China's human rights abuses when they're guilty of their own? Asking Coke
to condemn China for human rights abuses is like asking Hitler to condemn Stalin for genocide.
Labels: social justice
posted by Mike Clawson at 12:44 PM | Permalink
At 7/03/2008 10:32:00 PM,
You're a deep thinker and a good writer, Mike. I appreciate your voice. Please keep it up! But one qualm here with this post - Don't you think it's at least a little spurious to equate these two companies with Hitler and Stalin? I think you've made a good point here, but drawing a line to two of history's worst mass murderers? Really?
At 7/04/2008 01:41:00 PM, Mike Clawson
Both Coke and China have been complicit in the mass murder still going on in Darfur, not to mention their countless other environmental and human rights crimes, so no, I don't think the analogy is too much of a stretch.
At 7/04/2008 06:01:00 PM,
Wow. Maybe I stand corrected. Thanks for your reply. Can you provide a link to more info on the Coke/Darfur situation? I'd like to know more.