The Woke Cultural Revolution mirrors Mao’s Cultural Revolution which destroyed China’s economy and traditional culture, with an estimated death toll ranging from hundreds of thousands to 20 million.
Tens of millions of people were persecuted: senior officials, most notably Chinese president Liu Shaoqi, along with Deng Xiaoping, Peng Dehuai, and He Long, were purged or exiled; millions were accused of being members of the Five Black Categories, suffering public humiliation, imprisonment, torture, hard labor, seizure of property, and sometimes execution or harassment into suicide; intellectuals were considered the “Stinking Old Ninth” and were widely persecuted—notable scholars and scientists such as Lao She, Fu Lei, Yao Tongbin, and Zhao Jiuzhang were killed or committed suicide. Schools and universities were closed with the college entrance exams cancelled. Over 10 million urban intellectual youths were sent to the countryside in the Down to the Countryside Movement.
Millions of people in China were violently persecuted, especially in the struggle sessions. Those identified as spies, “running dogs,” “revisionists,” or coming from a suspect class (including those related to former landlords or rich peasants) were subject to beating, imprisonment, rape, torture, sustained and systematic harassment and abuse, seizure of property, denial of medical attention, and erasure of social identity. Intellectuals were also targeted; many survivors and observers suggest that almost anyone with skills over that of the average person was made the target of political “struggle” in some way. At least hundreds of thousands of people were murdered, starved, or worked to death. Millions more were forcibly displaced. Young people from the cities were forcibly moved to the countryside, where they were forced to abandon all forms of standard education in place of the propaganda teachings of the CCP. Some people were not able to stand the torture and, losing hope for the future, committed suicide. Researchers have pointed out that at least 100,000 to 200,000 people committed suicides during early Cultural Revolution.[69
Many schools that remain open are lowering their standards for teachers. But, remarkably, the New York Times story doesn’t mention the vaccination mandate issue a single time in the entire story, instead saying “Low pay, high stress and challenging working conditions have plagued the profession for years. But the fear over contracting the coronavirus has created “the perfect storm,” Ms. Anderson said, and teachers are now leaving, or retiring early” (NY Times). Just a month ago, the New York Times noted 4 percent of the teachers in the system were about to lose their jobs for being unvaccinated (NY Times). The New York Post had the number at 28,000 (NY Post). The Los Angeles Times claims 99 percent of their teachers were vaccinated, but that’s still 500 who were fired (LA Times). In Seattle, 5 percent of the staff were set to be fired over vaccination statues (KOIN). And the list goes on.
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