Fiction: Stop at Red
When six million Hongkongers were handed over by their colonists to a totalitarian regime

Carrie Lam compares Hongkongers to children as a tactic to disenfranchise.

My first column for Hong Kong Free Press 

"[Chief Executive Carrie] Lam isn’t speaking just from a place of hubris. Political leaders calling the people they rule “children” taps into a long and oft used tactic to disenfranchise people. Women were denied the vote because men said they did not have the logic to interact with the wider world and should thus be relegated to the home along with the children. Black men in the US and South Africa were called “boys” by whites to remind them of their subservient status. Europeans justified colonising other parts of the world because the inhabitants were “primitive” and “childlike.” Philosopher Herbert Spencer, who coined the term “survival of the fittest,” wrote “the intellectual traits of the uncivilised… are traits recurring in the children of the civilised.”

Carrie Lam compares Hongkongers to children as a tactic to disenfranchise.

 

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