A challenge to my conservative friends – justify this:
- Almost every American-themed trinket sold in the Smithsonian Institute is made in China.
- San Francisco is importing its new bay bridge from China.
- New York City awarded Chinese state-subsidized firms contracts to renovate the city’s subway system, refurbish the Alexander Hamilton Bridge over the Harlem River, and build a new Metro-North train platform near Yankee Stadium.
- the Martin Luther King monument in Washington was designed by a Chinese sculptor and assembled by low-wage Chinese workers.
Of the last, David Sirota, in an op-ed published in Truthout September 2, said:
Imagine the contradiction: a memorial for a civil rights leader who deplored “starvation wages” and died supporting a sanitation union’s strike is built by non-union serfs from China! The Chinese invasion, Sirota wrote, is caused by an America “no longer willing or able to invest in its own future.”
Original article at Human Rights for Workers, via an email from Joe.