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Posted: Jan 20, 2022 12:01 AM

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A rare moment of truth from billionaire National Basketball villain Chamath Palihapitiya the other day when he frankly suggested in an interview that “nobody cares” about the persecution, internment and extermination of the Uyghur minority in China. The “nobody” that he refers to are the elites who he hobnobs with and who often own or play for NBA teams. China can do no wrong because it is a source of vast capital. You don’t criticize a mountain of money like that. You don’t even suggest there is anything worth assessing. You just remain silent. Of course, China is poised to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and that means a lot of money for a lot of people, especially the U.S. media so this is not an opportune moment to start caring about the Uyghurs or asking questions about concentration camps. When Germany hosted the 1936 Olympic Games, there was little criticism of the Nazi’s persecution of the Jews because as far as the elites were concerned, nobody cared. The Nazis did their best to cover up all traces of the systemic anti-Semitism in the country, removing the “Jews noted wanted here” signs and ensuring Jews were allowed to walk unmolested on the streets. We remember those games today as a triumph for racial equality because of the gold medals won by Jesse Owens but at the time, the Nazis claimed vic …

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