It stands as a lasting pain in my side to see
While certain repressions in the name of economic development in the past saw productive growth in both economic and civil liberties (like in post-1973
The Chinese government is reprehensible and the athletes competing in the Beijing Olympics must recognize that their representation bolsters the legitimacy of human rights violators. Athletes must take responsibility for their symbolic role in the global community and show support for justice grounded in the preservation of life not the absurdity practiced by the Chinese government.
However, it is not enough to decapitate the government, its people must act in accordance to what they started in the
Regardless, the first step is to cut off the head of the beast and put in on display. The best part is that the
I encourage the Olympic athletes not to refuse the competition, but rather follow in the footsteps of Tommie Smith and John Carlos from the 1968 Olympics who raised their fists and saluted the world as dignified people acting with a conscience. Support Tibetans in their struggle to rid themselves of their oppressors, for the summer of 2008 is a stage for athletes who have the opportunity to inspire the world with not only their physical stamina, but their courage and conscience.