You may have noticed today that Raheem and Jack were proudly wearing some unique hats towards the end of the show.

Those hats are called “doppas.” They’re ethnic Uyghur hats, and the guys were wearing them to show solidarity with the oppressed Uyghurs of East Turkistan, whom China’s Communist Party is waging a brutal campaign of oppression against.

The Uyghurs are an ethnic minority that live in the northwestern part of what is today considered China.

China’s regime calls the land “Xinjiang.” Most Uyghurs and other Turkic inhabitants call it “East Turkistan,” since the has been home to Turkic people since ancient times.

Today, May 5th, is the “Doppa Festival” or “Doppa Day.” The Doppa Festival (“Doppa Day”) began in May 2010 to celebrate Uyghur culture as a means of facilitating inter-cultural dialogue following unrest in the region in July 2009. The simple idea behind the festival was that Uyghurs would wear their doppas and celebrate their culture with music and food in a bid to build better relations with the Chinese settlers in their Homeland. Today, the Chinese government bans the festival.

Pending Legislation

In December, the U.S. Senate passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019. Introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the bill aims to condemn gross human rights violations of Uyghurs and calls for an end to “arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities inside and outside China.” The House then passed a STRONGER, amended version, which the Senate needs to approve, but Senate leadership has apparently left the bill to die at the clerk’s desk.

Several months later Rubio and Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., introduced another bill, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which aims to prevent goods made from forced labor in China from reaching the U.S. It was backed up by the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz and even the AFL-CIO.