‘Nobody Cares’: Part-Owner of Golden State Warriors Expresses Apathy Toward Uyghur Genocide

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I often ask myself how, as a civilized society who has witnessed a shocking number of horrendous crimes against humanity just in the past century, we’ve all decided to just let China get away with a LITERAL GENOCIDE even though we know all the gory details about what they’re doing to Uyghurs.

Then I see clips like this:

Oh, that’s how.

This slime mold masquerading as a human is Chamath Palihapitiya, part-owner of the Golden State Warriors, and the clip is from All In, a podcast he hosts with Jason Calacanis, David Sacks, and David Friedberg, and believe it or not, people didn’t really like what he said– which, just so we’re all clear, is, verbatim:

Let’s be honest, nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, okay? You bring it up, because you really care, and I think it’s nice that you care. The rest of us don’t care. I’m telling you a very hard, ugly truth, okay? Of all the things that I care about– yes, it is below my line. Of all the things I care about, it is below. My. Line.

Umm… Mr. Palihapitiya, with all due respect (which is less than none), go f*ck yourself.

Like I guess it’s too bad that caring about people being methodically, systematically rounded up, imprisoned, raped, tortured, sterilized, and killed doesn’t make you millions of dollars, but usually when people are that morally bankrupt they try to keep it to themselves.

Palihapitiya decided that the Disney villain vibe didn’t suit him, however, and immediately tried to backtrack– which is hard to do when you leave yourself literally no room for interpretation.

“In re-listening to this week’s podcast, I recognize that I came across as lacking empathy. I acknowledge that entirely. As a refugee, my family fled from a country [Sri Lanka] with its own set of human rights issues so this is something that is very much part of my lived experience. To be clear, my belief is that human rights matter, whether in China, the United States, or elsewhere. Full stop.”

You know what’s missing from this entire post? Two very simple, very easy words: “I’m” and “sorry.”

They’re missing because he’s not. He’s not sorry for not caring about genocide, because caring about the Uyghurs doesn’t earn him the brownie points that caring about America’s “institutionalized race problem” gets him.

He followed his initial comments in the podcast,

“The reason I think that is we don’t do enough domestically to actually express that view in real tangible ways. So until we actually clean up our own house, the idea that we step outside our borders, with us morally virtue-signaling about someone else’s human rights record, is deplorable.”

The things he’s referring to as what America needs to “clean up” is pretty transparently in reference to the problems BLM and its supporters claim to be fighting against (and I say “claim” because first of all, what they think is institutionalized racism isn’t and second, they’re not solving anything), but even if I agree to concede some ground, and I can’t believe I actually have to say this, what’s going on in America is not on the same level as what China is doing to its citizens. Full stop, asshole.

But, at the end of the day, what else should anyone expect from the NBA? With a history of simping for China, we should really just be relieved that Palihapitiya and his fellow shitegoblins aren’t straight up denying that the genocide is even happening. I wouldn’t be surprised if they start down that road in the next 12 months.

I’m too irate to even think of a clever ending for this. And it’s time to be angry– in fact, it’s long overdue. If we get angry, if we commit to staying angry and using our collective rage to spur change in our country to end this genocide, maybe it won’t be too late.

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