Self-proclaimed Maoists and members of China’s New Left have taken to Weibo to criticize Chinese media for their ‘gracious treatment’ and praise of Nelson Mandela upon the news of his death, saying in comments that Nelson Mandela called himself a student of the Chairman but never amounted to his greatness, according to Global Voices Online.
Oiwan Lam has translated some of the comments, the likes of which have been cropping up more and more since Xi Jinping has worked to revive Mao’s legacy and indoctrinate the minds’ of people with Maoist ideology. These are just a few.
Mandela was a nationalist and had fought for equality and freedom for his race. We should mourn for his death. However, the Chinese media has given him too many compliments. Mandela’s impact is limited and did not not develop any coherent thought. He was not even charismatic. The impact of China’s Mao Zedong on the world and contribution to people of the world are outstanding. Mandela called himself a student of Chairman Mao. Some people want to downgrade Mao Zedong by comparing him with others, they are wasting their time.
To be frank, I don’t understand why India’s Gandhi and South Africa’s Mandela receive so much praise. Of course they were great, that’s all. But Chairman Mao surpassed them all. We should place words like “divine” and “unprecedented” in front of Mao Zedong’s name. While Mandela saw racial discrimination and segregation, Mao Zedong saw the class conflict and struggle behind the racial problem. This is the difference [between the two].
Mao Zedong is the only one in the whole world to have broken all the chains that enslaved the Chinese people and helped them to stand up. Mandela and Gandhi did not help their people to win all that they deserved. That’s why the west hates and fears Maoist thought, but keeps flattering Gandhi and Mandela.
Mandela had bowed to racism. His views on world politics resemble white people’s. Although he was put in prison by white people, he gave up his determination to struggle against racism. His consideration of the Tibetan independence movement as a human rights movement was a big, big mistake. He is a banana with dark skin.
Of course, many supporters took to social media to call out the commenters and express their anger.
One, Huang Yen, wrote:
Please don’t insult Mandela using Mao Zedong. Both did not have antidotes for solving their countries’ fundamental problems. Mandela never launched the Cultural Revolution and never implemented collectives which resulted in famine. Mandela did not indulge in power, he chose to retire and contributed to charity works against the spread of AIDS. He passed on the government to the next generation in peace with a democratic system.
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