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Conservative Clergy of Color Applauds Utah Jazz Player Rudy Gobert for Calling out China on Uighur Oppression

October 2, 2020

Gobert is the first player in the NBA to publicly condemn China’s actions

Tampa, FL – Conservative Clergy of Color commended Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert for becoming the first NBA player to publicly acknowledge China’s mistreatment of the Uighur people. Gobert shared a post from French actor Omar Sy on his Instagram yesterday that condemned the Communist Chinese government’s imprisonment of over a million Uighurs in concentration camps. Gobert accompanied the shared story with the caption “Wrong is wrong.”

“I want to applaud Mr. Gobert for shedding sunlight on an issue the NBA is bent on ignoring. It takes a great amount of courage to publicly denounce the atrocities being carried out by China,” said CCC founder Bishop Aubrey Shines.

 “LeBron James, the league, Nike, and others have been turning a blind eye while hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other minorities suffer daily at the hands of the Communist regime. I pray this is the first stone in an avalanche and that more players have the heart to follow Mr. Gobert’s example.”

The Uighurs are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority who reside in western China’s Xinjiang province. Since 2017, more than a million Uighurs have been rounded up and imprisoned in “reeducation camps” by the Chinese government and forced to work as slaves in factories across Xinjiang. Conservative Clergy of Color has previously demanded that the NBA and Nike sever all business ties with region.

 

To reach Bishop Aubrey Shines for comment, please contact Will Hadden at [email protected] or call 703.739.5920