I’ve been mentioning for awhile a growth in articles about people complaining about the color of various objects, such as blue or green medical scrubs or the little white man who tells you to walk on a traffic light as indicative of systemic racism. It’s like 5-year-olds talking about their favorite color Power Ranger.
An iSteve commenter pointed out how the Red Guard in Maoist China demanded that drivers fight systemic capitalism by going when the traffic light was red and stopping when it was green. From The Guardian in 1966:
Great leap forward at the traffic lights in China – archive
25 August 1966:
Revolutionary Chinese Guards say red is the colour of revolution and should be the new green light
It will be red for go and green for stop on Peking streets if one group of the Red Guards – vanguard of China’s new “cultural revolution” – gets its way.
The Guards plastered posters on the city’s walls today which said that red was the colour of revolution and should be used as a signal for traffic to go forward. Observers said the posters did not appear to be authorised by the Government but to be a suggestion of an individual group of guards.
“Red Guards” today raided Peking homes, accusing their inhabitants of opposing the ideology of Mao Zedong, and the cultural revolution. Crowds cheered as the students smashed windows, overturned furniture, and tossed possessions which they considered luxurious or bourgeois into the street. …
Some offenders have been paraded along the streets by the “Red Guards” and foreign diplomatists reported having watched one man being marched along wearing a placard proclaiming : “I am against the revolution.”
The students put up a poster at the entrance to a park criticising young couples who sat in lonely places giggling and “doing things which burn the eyes.” The poster said that these activities and others such as sitting up late at night writing love letters must stop.
Other posters today declared that books which did not conform with Mao’s ideology should be burned. People still drawing interest from the State on their former property should repay to the State all but 1,000 yuan (about £150) of what they had in the bank.
Most of the Red Guard were more or less children, so their My Favorite Color thinking is understandable. But the childishness of today’s aging social justice jihadis is less so.