It’s hip to be Square

Posted: 06/10/2014 in Screwed
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This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.  At least, it does in most of the world.  In China?  Not so much.  In China the leaders have successfully erased that nasty little bit of history from the hearts and minds of the public.  Well, the minds, anyway.

Anyone born in mainland China less than 30 years ago has never heard of the peaceful demonstration turned bloody object lesson. Both the leaders and their daily propaganda newspapers originally claimed it didn’t happen.  Lately they’ve been saying it was a very small uprising that, for the good of the country, had to be stopped.  But nobody was killed.  Some of the older citizens have even come to believe that.

Whenever China’s youth are confronted with that uncomfortable bit of their history, young Chinese say first “Never heard of it,” followed by, “It’s not important anymore.”  Kinda sounds like kids everywhere when exposed to history, doesn’t it?

For example, try asking a kid today about Iran/Contra, or the Clinton Impeachment, or even who was responsible for what happened on September 11, 2001.  You’ll get the same sort of answer.  And our fearless leaders haven’t even tried to erase those things from history.  They simply offered up new “shiny” things for the news media so that, all on their own, the public gets to decide that “It’s not important anymore.”

Welcome to the Village.  It does such good work.

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