Representative Young Kim (R-CA 39th District) voiced her support of basketball player Enes Kanter on Wednesday after he spoke out against forced labor in China.
This is the latest in a string of such pushes for Kim, who has been a fervent opponent of human rights abuses worldwide, and who has repeatedly called out the People’s Republic of China. Kim has said in previous statements that America “must send a united, clear message” against Chinese abuses.
Representative Kim commended Kanter for his stand, praising him for “speaking out on the horrific human rights abuses Uyghurs & other ethnic minorities face in Xinjiang by the PRC.” Kim also encouraged Congress to pass the Uyghur Policy Act of 2021, which Kim co-introduced with a bipartisan group of representatives earlier this year.
The U.S. must stand firm in support of human rights & against the PRC’s continued abuses & policies.
That’s why I introduced the bipartisan Uyghur Policy Act so we can take concrete steps to counter the PRC’s actions. I urge House leadership to bring this bill to the floor.
— Young Kim (@RepYoungKim) October 26, 2021
Kanter, who plays for the Boston Celtics, called out Nike founder Phil Knight for turning a blind eye to the matter of Chinese slave labor, posting a tweet that invited Knight to “fly to China together” with Kanter and “visit these SLAVE labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.” Kanter also extended the offer to fellow NBA players LeBron James and Michael Jordan.
To the owner of @Nike, Phil Knight
How about I book plane tickets for us
and let’s fly to China together.
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) October 26, 2021
Nike has a troubled history on the issue of human rights in China, having lobbied against a bill in Congress to ban the importation of goods from the Xinjiang region of China, where the Chinese government has been recorded committing human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslim minority.
China’s actions against the Uyghur minority have been declared a genocide by the United States Department of State, as well as the legislatures of multiple nations.