Dave Zirin’s latest Edge of Sports entry was fire as usual, this time refocusing the ongoing controversy surrounding the Olympic games in China and reminding Westerners that critiquing the Chinese government does not automatically excuse US atrocities. I was really feeling this one because at first, I was all about the “Free Tibet” protesting, but as it has gone on, I’ve become uncomfortable with all of the anti-China rhetoric. I definitely respect the movement for a free Tibet, and I think the Chinese government’s treatment of the Tibetan people has been awful. At the same time though, all of this anti-China sentiment in response to the Olympic games has, like I said, made me uncomfortable, because of largely what Zirin talks about in his article, saying:
“…Blaming China for the ills of the world ignores the stubborn fact that there is a reason the games are in Beijing. Western complicity in China’s crimes isn’t challenged by bashing China. It’s only covered up.”
Word. DZ is just a smart, smart, smart guy. Can they please hurry up and release A People’s History of Sports?