Georgia SB 202

Patagonia CEO Preaches Against “Asian Hate” And “Restrictive” Georgia Voting Laws, Yet Operates In China Amidst Uyghur Genocide

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Outdoor clothing company Patagonia is praising Major League Baseball for pulling its All-Star Game out of Georgia and taking a stand against “Asian hate in America” while it continues to make and sell clothes in a country that brutally oppresses religious minorities.

According to SB 202 signed by Governor Brian Kemp last week, Georgia residents will need to provide some form of legitimate identification when voting in future elections. Similar to purchasing alcohol, boarding a plane and visiting the DMV, providing identification at the polls is hardly racist or “Jim Crow” style, as Biden falsely claimed in a press conference last week.

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Last week, Major League Baseball announced it would be moving the “All-Star game” from Atlanta, Georgia to Denver, Colorado in an attempt to punish the Peach State for its “restrictive voting laws”.

However, Colorado also requires voters to provide identification when voting, according to their website.

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Ryan Gellert, Patagonia CEO, hired in 2020

Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert released a statement Tuesday listing 3 things business owners can do to help fight against SB 202, also known as the “Election Integrity Act”, which requires voter ID.

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Statement from Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert on April 5 2021

First Geller recommends to “fund the activists working to challenge the recently passed laws in Georgia and support voting registration efforts”. He then called on business owners to call state senators and urge them to pass the For the People Act (H.R. 1) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA).

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Finally, Gellert said business owners should reach out to various business partners to “facilitate speaking out against further state laws that would restrict voting access”.

Gellert previously released a similar statement on March 30 claiming that America’s “democracy is under attack by a new wave of Jim Crow bills that seek to restrict the right to vote”.

Statement from Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert on March 30 2021
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“It is urgent that businesses across the country take a stand — and use their brands as a force for good in support of our democracy”, he continued.

Gellert also claimed he was sickened by the “sharp rise in anti-Asian violence” in America and condemned “the hate” in a March 19 statement.

Statement from Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert on March 19 2021

Ironically, “restrictive” and communist China still houses a Patagonia storefront in the capital of Beijing. The company also operates factories and mills throughout the country for its apparel production.

Patagonia store in Beijing, China
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According to the US State Department, up to 2 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China have been placed in detention centers in Xinjiang. Former detainees allege sexual abuse, forced sterilization and indoctrination.

Uyghurs in China

Beijing has justified the Chinese government’s actions declaring the necessity of the camps citing “religious extremism” and “terrorism” as the reasons behind them.

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Old City in Kashgar, Xinjiang,

In July of 2020, Patagonia’s Vice President of Sustainability at the time, Cara Chacon, released a statement detailing the company’s active exit from the Xinjiang region in accordance with guidance from the Fair Labor Association (FLA).

According to Fox News, they were directed to this statement by a Patagonia spokesperson when questioning the company’s operations in China.

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Showing a drivers license, identification card or providing a social security number to cast a vote seems pretty reasonable, especially when compared to China’s forced labor and other violations of fundamental human rights in Xinjiang. If genocide against the Uyghurs is not a prime example of #AsianHate, what is?

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