I can’t stop thinking about how a university professor at prestigious Peking University last month called all Hong Kong people “thieves”, “dogs” and “sub-humans”.
It’s such a pity and indicative of how we live in crazy times that YouTube chose to take that particular film clip down, ostensibly because of their ‘hate speech’ policy. Why not leave it there for all to see? It’s not as if any rational human being who was wondering exactly how he should feel about Hong Kong people and turned to YouTube for help, would suddenly go along with the professor’s (professor’s!!!) mad rant, and take his views on as his own.
Now the university at which this mouth-frothing leftist is inexplicably allowed to work, has issued a statement. And it is that teachers and students should take a “rational” view of “cultural differences between Hong Kong and the mainland”, according to Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post. (My blog post headline is the headline of the article).
Really? They should show sensitivity towards us??
Here is a country in which a professor is allowed to go on prime time television and spout rhetoric not heard in a normal place since 1966 and without the interviewer challenging him in any way about why he could possibly state that “I have been to Hong Kong many times and I can say that all the people there are thieves”. There has now been a shake-up, and all that comes out of it is that teachers and students at Peking University, in future, should show more sensitivity towards our cultural differences???
I believe in free speech and I applaud, in a way, that professor for stating so clearly what many mainlanders (and by association the Communist Party, otherwise he wouldn’t be allowed to teach at that university) feel about Hong Kong.
The only reason his superiors are now giving him the subtle inclination of a tiny slap on the wrist, is that what he said suddenly became known outside the mainland, courtesy of YouTube. But instead of firing him (can you imagine if a US professor on national TV said “all Mexicans are thieves and dogs”?) they make it into: “Mainlanders should be more sensitive towards our subjects, the thieves and dogs of Hong Kong. Don’t tell them what we think about them, it will only upset them.”
I find it incredibly amusing that a country which will execute people for stealing a car (in fact whose inhabitants walks past children having been run over by cars), round people up in the middle of the night and kill them for having said or written things, create a business environment in which for example 40 companies can get together to decide to make infant formula without nutrition knowing full well it will kill infants, kill people for trying to hold on to their own property, beat up lawyers trying to defend the rights of people dispossessed by the government, let any torture, violence and corruption committed by local police chiefs and officials against people just slide in the name of ‘growth’, can with a straight face say that they , the so evidently inferior to Hong Kong in every way, both morally and legally, should show sensitivity towards us???
Please. Stop this. The mainland should learn from us. It should also shut up and jolly well put its house in order. And, although I believe in free speech, think about finding that professor a new job. As a toilet cleaner, for example. I understand that kind of career move was very popular during the Cultural Revolution, where the professor still clearly dwells.