China is bad. There seems to be some confusion by both players and coaches after the NBA responded negatively to a statement supporting #FreeHongKong by Daryl Morey, the General Manager of the Houston Rockets. Morey immediately walked back his statement and issued an apology. Never apologize to dictators, support a free Hong Kong. Here’s why.
Hong Kong was returned to Chinese control from the British in 1997. In the agreement to return control, the Chinese agreed to a “one state, two system” model where Hong Kong would enjoy some of the freedoms they had under British rule – at least for the next 50 years. Because Hong Kong was under British control since 1842, it grew to know a freedom that the communist mainland did not. They are not interested in ceding this freedom to the growing security state ran by Beijing.
The riots in Hong Kong have been going on for over 19 weeks. They began over an extradition bill proposed by Hong Kong’s pro-communist regime. It may seem like the mainland should be able to extradite people from their own territory but the political divide between states is too broad. Hong Kong, for instance, can speak out against mainland policy. The mainland however, has censored anything that goes against the state. NBA preseason games are being cancelled over the comments of Morey. South Park was eliminated from all Chinese media for mocking China’s censorship. President and dictator Xi Jinping has banned Winnie the Pooh because people claimed the despot looked like the stuffed bear.
To put it simply, if Hong Kong allows an extraditions treaty, dissidents in Hong Kong will be extradited to the mainland for the prosecution of their speech.
This is abominable to anyone who believes in free speech, but it gets worse. If you speak out against the Chinese Communist Party, you will be jailed and run the risk of having your organs harvested. That’s right folks, one flippant comment about the Communist Party could leave you one kidney shorter.
Having your organs harvested because you speak out against the government is bad enough. But the Communist Party doesn’t stop there! They are placing Uighurs – an Islamic ethnic minority in China – and political prisoners in literal concentration camps, though they prefer the term “re-education” camp. Survivors of the camps have claimed they were forcibly sterilized.
Do the NBA and other corporations with financial investments in China have the right to force their employees into silence? Sure. But you as a consumer need to know what the protesters in Hong Kong are fighting for. They are fighting to keep their organs. They are fighting to stay out of concentration camps. They are fighting to stay free of the control of the dictatorial Winnie the Pooh look-alike, Xi Jinping.