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Chamath Palihapitiya, 10% minority owner of the Golden State Warriors, said on his “All-in” podcast that he doesn’t care about the genocide against Uyghur Muslims in northwest China and that there is other issues more important to the public. Address.
Palihapitiya’s remarks sparked an avalanche of criticism on social media for his callousness toward Uyghurs, a Muslim and ethnic minority group that the Biden administration says are victims of a Chinese government-sponsored genocide.
When a podcast co-host praises President Joe Biden for voicing concern for Uyghurs, Palihapitiya dismisses that concern, saying the Uyghur genocide is “irrelevant.”
“Nobody cares what happens to the Uyghurs, OK. You talk about it because you really care. I think it’s good that you care, but the rest of us don’t care,” Palihapitiya said in response.
“I’m just telling you a very hard and ugly truth. Of all the things I care about, yes, it’s below my line. Of all the things I care about, this is below my line.
Palihapitiya continues that there are other issues that concern him, mostly in America, including the US economy, climate change, America’s crippling and dilapidated healthcare infrastructure.
“But if you ask if I care about a segment of a class of people in another country, only when we can take care of ourselves will I give them priority over us,” Palihapitiya to this shock from his podcast co-hosts, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks and David Friedberg.
“I think a lot of people believe in it. And I’m sorry if that’s a hard truth to hear, but every time I say I care about Uighurs, I’m just lying if I don’t really care. So I’d rather not lie than tell you the truth. It’s just not a priority for me. »
Calling concern for Uyghurs a “luxury belief” that all humans have a basic set of human rights, Palihapitiya argues that Americans are not doing enough domestically to “clean up our own house.”
The comments were immediately condemned by American Muslim groups, including Emgage Action, a Muslim rights organization with chapters in Washington, DC, Michigan, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia and New York.
“These statements are offensive and shocking, especially given the well-established body of evidence proving a state-sponsored campaign of cultural and religious extermination against the Uyghur Muslim people,” said Wa’el Alzayat, CEO of Take Action.
“That is why the Biden administration diplomatically boycotted the Olympics and Congress passed the Uyghur Human Rights Act and the Forced Labor Act. We call on Chamath Palihapitiya to issue an immediate apology and on the Warriors and Virgin Galactic to take steps to ensure their senior leaders and spokespersons reflect their stated values and commitment to corporate social responsibility.
Michael Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s former Secretary of State, said he was shocked, saying on Twitter, “If the @NBA truly stands up for justice, they will speak out against these comments from @chamath and speak out against the genocidal oppression of the CCP. against the Uighur people in Xinjiang. .”
China has been accused of committing ethnic genocide against the Uyghurs by placing more than a million members of the Muslim Chinese ethnic minority in “re-education camps”.
In July, Biden accused China of enabling human rights abuses against several ethnic groups in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other members of Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang. , “where the PRC continues to commit genocide. This action prevents entities from accessing US technology.
In December, Biden tightened sanctions targeting China’s Xinjiang province and military infrastructure over alleged genocide.
China on Monday rejected what it called “slanderous attacks” on the conditions of Muslim Uyghurs living in Xinjiang, as European powers and Turkey expressed concern and called on the UN to gain access to the western region. distant.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the UN Human Rights Council that he was taking counter-terrorism measures in accordance with law and that Xinjiang enjoyed “social stability and healthy development” after four years without any “terrorist case”.
The Warriors denounced Palihapitiya, saying in a statement Monday evening, “As a limited investor who does not have day-to-day operational duties with the Warriors, Mr. Palihapitiya does not speak for our franchise, and his views do not reflect certainly not those of our organization.