Monday, April 1, 2013

On April Fools Day Global Times Says America Should Acknowledge Mao, While Baidu Bans Forums on Mao

At just before midnight on April Fools Day, the state-sponsored Global Times published an article entitled "Mao Furor Shows Truth of US Free Speech." (美国对毛泽东禁言,“言论自由”挂了) An excerpt:
The National Center for Education Statistics under the US Department of Education found itself in some trouble recently. On March 22, it pulled a quote from former Chinese leader Mao Zedong, which read, "Our attitude toward ourselves should be 'to be insatiable in learning' and toward others 'to be tireless in teaching'." Some US senators demanded that the department explain why they cited the words of a communist. The quote was reportedly replaced by one from Abraham Lincoln. 
The US, which prides itself in freedom of speech, can't even tolerate a quote from Mao. It shows how narrow-minded the American political system is in the face of the diversity of global culture.  
It would not be a problem if words from an American president or even Douglas MacArthur, an anti-communist general, were published in Chinese media nowadays.
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Mao was a pioneer of the new global geopolitics. Americans will acknowledge this man sooner or later when they overcome their narrow-mindedness.
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As far as acknowledging Mao goes, these screenshot were taken on April 1, 2013, and show that Baidu bans users from setting up PostBar (贴吧) forums on "Mao Zedong," (毛泽东), "Great Leap Forward," (大跃进) and "Great Cultural Revolution." (文化大革命)  Users are told "Apologies, in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies, this bar cannot be opened at this time." (抱歉,根据相关法律法规和政策,本吧暂不开放。).

As for discussions of Communism and the "words of an American president," these screenshots show Baidu also bans PostBars on "Communist" and "Obama."