John Suarez takes The New York Times to task for downplaying the atrocities committed against Chinese women by China’s communist dictatorship.
What The New York Times missed on Chinese women and the Communist revolution
Question: How many Chinese girls never got to dream beyond the dying rooms thanks to China’s one child policy? Answer: Millions. (Responding to New York Times opinion piece over twitter)
On September 25, 2017 at 8:11pm NYT Opinion tweeted: “For all its flaws, the Communist revolution taught Chinese women to dream big” and sparked an online conversation with many outraged at what they rightfully described as a white wash of a mass murdering dictatorship. Furthermore if one considers that up to 45 million Chinese were killed under Mao Ze Dong and his Communist revolution. 22 and a half million were women but that blood bath didn’t specifically target only the female sex and although historically the Chinese tyrant out did both Stalin and Hitler combined for greatest mass murderer in human history the pages of The New York Times found space to opine on the “achievements” of communism in China. Mao took power on October 1, 1949 and ruled with an iron fist until his death on September 9, 1976 and left a record of carnage difficult to equal over 27 years.
Ten years prior to his death the old dictator launched the Cultural Revolution that began a decade of bloodshed that would claim millions of lives. First generation dictator Mao Zedong was 72 years old at the time and the communist regime had been in power 17 years and on May 16, 1966 the communist party May 16 Notification warned that the party had been infiltrated by counter-revolutionary “revisionists” who were plotting to create a “dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.” China expert Frank Dikotter explained how in “1968, millions were sent to the countryside after they finished school, some of whom were girls as young as 14. Thousands of young girls were left at the mercy of villagers and raped.” Xinran in her 2002 The Good Women of China described how young girls suffered the worse of the sexual horrors in the Cultural Revolution: “The perpetrators were their teachers, their friends, even their fathers and brothers, who lost control of their animal instincts.”
Mao died in 1976 and the decade long blood letting came to an end.
But the communist regime continued on, after the founder’s departure, and three years later began it’s infamous one-child policy. On September 26, 1980 The New York Times ran a UPI story reporting that “Chinese Reds Limited To a Child Per Family” and euphemistically wrote “China intensified its population-control drive today by ordering the 38 million Communist Party members to have only one child per family” and how the policy would use “painstaking patience and persuasion.” Decade later Time Magazine reported in 2015 that “patience and persuasion” included “forced abortions and sterilization, and a gender imbalance resulting from female infanticide.”
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