Pro life group was protesting outside of school today. The use of their freedom to peaceful assembly is commendable but the view point of limiting a human beings options in regards to her own body is wrong and disgusting.
Producer Antony Thomas showed the iconic ‘Tank Man’ photo to a group of undergraduates at Beijing University - in 1989 the university had been the nerve center of the student movement that inspired the nationwide uprising. None of the students knew what the photo was. Here, journalists and China specialists discuss the government’s efforts to keep certain ideas and history from the Chinese people, including the picture and story of ‘tank man.’
Timothy Brook Professor of Chinese history, University of British Columbia:
"The media silence imposed on Tienanmen was huge. Chinese in China don’t know this image. They don’t see this image. This is not part of their visual repertoire. [The government] made a couple of propaganda videos in the summer of 1989, to sell [the Tienanmen] events in a certain way to the Chinese people, and those videos have clips showing very carefully selected events. But the visual record that we have living outside China is a very different one than Chinese people have.”
Jan Wong Author and former Toronto Globe and Mail Beijing correspondent:
"It is stunning that university students at Beida [Beijing University] would not know this picture [of the tank man]. On the other hand, China has so many secrets, and people understand that it’s dangerous to share information. I went back to Beijing University, where I had studied, to talk to my old teachers … and we didn’t talk about Tienanmen either at first. Of course I wanted to talk about Tienanmen, so I sort of waited and then eventually I slid in sideways to the subject, but that’s the only reason they talked about it. It’s not something that people would readily talk about because you just get into trouble. There is no upside to talking about it at this point.
I don’t know what it tells you about a country when you could have such a cataclysmic event as Tiananmen Square and then suddenly you lop off the reality for all the people coming after. … But the great thing about China is that history is valued so that it will come out one day. People will keep records, people will eventually write about this. It’s not that it’s disappeared forever. You know, in Chinese history, each dynasty has secrets that it suppresses, and then it’s up to the next dynasty to write the true history of the previous dynasty. Each dynasty writes its own propaganda, the next dynasty writes the true history, so I assume this will happen in China, too.”
On August 22nd , over 50,000 people hit the streets of Brazil to protest the killings of Black Brazilians as a result of the drug war. Similar to protests happening in Ferguson, the Second National March Against the Genocide of Black Peoples called out an epidemic of police violence that makes the US’s pale in comparison.
Brazil’s population is a third smaller than that of the US, but it has almost five times as many killings by police. “Police violence is only replacing what the drug gangs carried out before.”
The violent policing of low-income communities of color speaks closely to what is happening in Ferguson, reminding us that though racism looks different throughout the Americas, the legacies of slavery and white supremacy continue to threaten Black and brown lives in similar ways.
Wondering why women victims of state violence do not get the same media attention as men, Verónica wrote last month:
“I want to mourn the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin, and I want to question why the deaths of Renisha McBride and Islan Nettles and Kathryn Johnston haven’t gotten similar traction. Why the beating of Marlene Pinnock isn’t on all of our lips. Why the nation is not familiar with the names of Stephanie Maldonado, or of Ersula Ore. And how many women’s names do we not know because they don’t dare come forward?”