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Old May 17th, 2017, 11:39 AM   #1
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the White Left...

The Chinese called it. I'm experiencing an increasing respect for these people:

'White Left' Becomes Popular New Insult In China For Mocking Naive Leftists

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If you look at any thread about Trump, Islam or immigration on a Chinese social media platform these days, it's impossible to avoid encountering the term baizuo, or literally, the 'white left'. It first emerged about two years ago, and yet has quickly become one of the most popular derogatory descriptions for Chinese netizens to discredit their opponents in online debates.

So what does 'white left' mean in the Chinese context, and what's behind the rise of its (negative) popularity? It might not be an easy task to define the term, for as a social media buzzword and very often an instrument for ad hominem attack, it could mean different things for different people. A thread on "
why well-educated elites in the west are seen as naive "white left" in China" on Zhihu, a question-and-answer website said to have a high percentage of active users who are professionals and intellectuals, might serve as a starting point.

The question has received more than 400 answers from Zhihu users, which include some of the most representative perceptions of the 'white left'. Although the emphasis varies, baizuo is used generally to describe those who "only care about topics such as immigration, minorities, LGBT and the environment" and "have no sense of real problems in the real world"; they are hypocritical humanitarians who advocate for peace and equality only to "satisfy their own feeling of moral superiority"; they are "obsessed with political correctness" to the extent that they "tolerate backwards Islamic values for the sake of multiculturalism"; they believe in the welfare state that "benefits only the idle and the free riders"; they are the "ignorant and arrogant westerners" who "pity the rest of the world and think they are saviours".

Apart from some anti-hegemonic sentiments, the connotations of 'white left' in the Chinese context clearly resemble terms such as '
regressive liberals' or 'libtards' in the United States. In a way the demonization of the 'white left' in Chinese social media may also reflect the resurgence of right-wing populism globally.
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So decent humans being bad mouthed by crazy fascists?
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Old May 18th, 2017, 05:23 AM   #3
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So decent humans being bad mouthed by crazy fascists?
"crazy fascists" ?

Do words even have meaning to you or are they just sounds you make to evoke emotions?

I think the 'white left' are the most damning thing for society at large. Its not that they don't have high ideals. Its that their high ideals take precedence over reality.
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"crazy fascists" ?

Do words even have meaning to you or are they just sounds you make to evoke emotions?

I think the 'white left' are the most damning thing for society at large. Its not that they don't have high ideals. Its that their high ideals take precedence over reality.
As a Trumpter you have no right to talk about reality.
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