Asian-American revolutionary Yuri Kochiyama looked up to Karl Marx, Mao Tse Tung and Osama Bin Laden to name a few, but that didn’t stop Google from honoring her on their home page Thursday.
Just days after the 50th anniversary of China’s Cultural Revolution – a bloody government-led movement which saw as estimated 30 million Chinese people perish – the popular search engine changed their familiar blue, red, yellow and green logo to an image of a young Kochiyama leading a protest.
In the early 60s, Kochiyama joined the Revolutionary Action Movement and began associating with black activists such as Malcolm X, even being photographed by his side following his assassination.
The Revolutionary Action Movement blended Marxist, Maoist, Leninist and other communist ideals with black liberation notions.
Kochiyama, whose family was imprisoned in internment camps during World War II, also possessed the Chinese Communist Little Red Book filled with Maoisms and passages that many people living in China during the Cultural Revolution were forced to memorize.
The late activist’s anti-American sentiment was on full display following the attacks of September 11th, when she told reporters she “admired” alleged terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden.
In an interview with The Objector in 2003, Kochiyama stated:
“… I consider Osama bin Laden as one of the people that I admire. To me, he is in the category of Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Patrice Lumumba, Fidel Castro, all leaders that I admire … [who] had severe dislike for the US government and those who held power in the US. I think all of them felt the US government and its spokesmen were all arrogant, racist, hypocritical, self-righteous, and power hungry….. You asked, ‘Should freedom fighters support him?’ Freedom fighters all over the world, and not just in the Muslim world, don’t just support him; they revere him; they join him in battle. He is no ordinary leader or an ordinary Muslim.”
The communist activist also thanked Islam for the one-time CIA terror asset:
“..when I think what the US military is doing, brazenly bombing country after country, to take oil resources, bringing about coups, assassinating leaders of other countries, and pitting neighbor nations against each other, and demonizing anyone who disagrees with US policy, and detaining and deporting countless immigrants from all over the world, I thank Islam for bin Laden. America’s greed, aggressiveness, and self-righteous arrogance must be stopped. War and weaponry must be abolished.”
Today most of China looks back in shame at the events that happened during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Newly released Chinese Communist Party documents illustrate the extent of the devastation that led to millions dying of torture, starvation, exhaustion and disease across the country, and detail how Mao’s Red Guard youth followers aided the collectivist revolution as a means of destroying capitalism.
“Mao relied on the Red Guards, wearing their green army-style uniforms and wearing blood-colored armbands, to be his henchmen,” the Chicago Tribune wrote in 1985. “They arrested and terrorized and in some cases tortured and killed society’s leaders. Many informed on their own parents alleged counter-revolutionary thoughts and actions, even if they didn’t know what those terms meant.”
To many, the youth revolutionaries of today who embrace radical forms of protest and promote taking to the streets in the name of the cultural Marxism rebranded as social justice are following in the footsteps of Mao’s Red Guard.