Chamath Palihapitiya, a venture capitalist who owns two percent of the Golden State Warriors, goes back with his remarks over the weekend that “no one” cares about the genocide of Uighur Muslims in China, nor does he.
“When I re-listen to this week’s podcast, I acknowledge that I seem to lack empathy,” Palihapitiya tweeted. “I fully recognize that.
“As a refugee, my family fled a country with its own human rights issues, so that’s something that is very much a part of my lived experience. To be clear, my belief is that human rights mean something, whether it’s in China, USA or elsewhere. Full stop. ”
The Uyghurs are an ethnic Muslim minority in China who have endured slave labor, rape and forced sterilizations. In December, President Joe Biden signed a bill banning the import of goods from the Xinjiang region of China unless it could be proved that they were not produced by forced labor.
On the “All In” podcast, co-hosted by Palihapitiya, he responded to a comment that President Biden’s defense of the Uighurs was admirable, but did not show up in the polls.
“Let’s be honest, no one cares what happens to the Uighurs,” Palihapitiya said. “You pick it up because you really care, and I think it’s nice of you to worry. The rest of us do not care.
“I’m telling you a very harsh, ugly truth. Of all the things I care about, it’s below my limit.”
He said he was more concerned about various household nuisances.
“I like [empty shelves at grocery stores]. I worry about the fact that our economy could become a penny if China invades Taiwan. I worry about that, “said Palihapitiya. “I worry about climate change. I worry about America’s crippling and dilapidated health infrastructure.
“But if you ask me, do I care about being part of a class of people in another country? Only when we can take care of ourselves will I prioritize them over us. I think a lot of people think “and I’m sorry if it’s a hard truth to hear. But every time I say I like the Uighurs, I’m really just lying if I do not care.”
Caring about global human rights was a “luxury,” he said.
“It’s a luxury belief,” Palihapitiya replied. “The reason I think it’s is that we’re not doing enough in the domestic market to actually express that view in real tangible ways. So until we actually clean up our own house, the idea is that we step outside our borders while morally signaling about someone else’s human rights history, regrettable. “
The Warriors distanced themselves from Palihapitiya’s remarks.
“As a limited investor who has no day-to-day operations with the Warriors, Mr. Palihapitiya does not speak on behalf of our franchise and his views certainly do not reflect our organization,” the team said in a statement.