A few weeks ago, I wrote an article asking readers to hashtag and boycott products made in China to send China a firm message that berating and beating religion, identity, and family out of people is unacceptable.
Temptation in outlet stores
But it’s scary how easy it is to pretend the situation away. While shopping in outlet stores with my husband, the decision to boycott products made in China was a little hard to keep. Then I remembered Chinese officials lying and smiling about the nature of the more than one hundred concentration camps – and it pissed me off. Government officials feeling justified to snatch children from their families and brainwash people out of their religion and values while the rest of the country denies the truth is despicable.
Modeling values to kids
My family can decide whether to boycott or not. I talked to them about my decision and they always hear me asking, “Is it made in China?” They see me peering at labels of headbands, backpacks, and shoes, frowning at the cute, red, just-right rain jacket (Columbia) my camping kid needs, and hoorahing at her new, ankle-high hiking boots made in Vietnam (Merrell Moabs). Yes, I know other countries have labor and work safety issues. For now, I’m choosing to focus on China because I can sympathize with parents losing their children and wives losing their husbands.
Small actions reflect values
I can’t stop Chinese President Xi Jinping from wringing the souls out of the Uyghur people or President Trump from compromising with the United States’ largest supplier of everything. But I can control me and try to convince family and friends that condemning China’s actions is important because it reflects our values.
Finally, my husband found what he sought in Sketchers. It’s his money, he can buy whatever he wants and it’s hard to fit wide Hawaii feet. I left without cute slip-ons with an elastic heel cup or adorable watermelon socks because:
1) the shoes were more than $50,
2) I didn’t need them, and
3) Made in China.
See, boycotting is reason number three, so I still have to work on my commitment to my principles.
Please share a Made in China product you boycotted.