The fight against Critical Race Theory in Virginia schools heated up even more on Tuesday as a mother who grew up in China and endured Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution tore into the school board at a public meeting.
“I’ve been very alarmed by what’s going on in our schools,” Xi Van Fleet informed Loudoun County School Board members. “You are now teaching, training our children to be social justice warriors and to loathe our country and our history.”
She compared the racist teachings to the Mao-led purge of somewhere between 500,000 and 20 million Chinese that took place from 1966 to 1976. Exact numbers are impossible to accurately determine because of the secrecy of the communist regime.
Van Fleet immigrated from Sichuan province to the US to flee communism. Her son graduated from Loudoun High School in 2015. Now she is fighting for her freedom once again as progressivism takes hold in America.
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She shared with Fox News details concerning her childhood and her experiences growing up in communist China on Wednesday evening.
At the time of the purge, Van Fleet was only six years old. But she was old enough to witness the horrors of communism. During the Cultural Revolution, she pointed out, students were pitted against teachers. Propaganda posters were hung in hallways and cafeterias. Students were urged to inform on anyone who was thought to be ideologically impure.
“One of the teachers was considered bourgeoisie because she liked to wear pretty clothes,” Van Fleet recalled. “So the students attacked her and spit on her. She was covered with spit… and pretty soon it became violence.”
“Everything that was considered ‘old,’ feudalist, a vase, Buddhas, everything was taken out and smashed,” she recounted concerning squads raiding homes to both Fox News and the school board.
And reminiscent of today’s America, thought crimes were all the rage: “We were asked to report if we hear anything about someone saying anything showing that there’s a lack of complete loyalty to Mao,” she commented. “There were people reporting their parents, and their parents ended up in jail.”
Van Fleet celebrated her freedom at age 26 when she finally made it to America: “I felt like it’s such a free country, meaning I have free access to all sorts of information – books on both sides of the issues,” she said in her interview.
But now she is having visions of communism once again. “I can’t really just say what I mean, even though the other side can say whatever,” she stated. “To me, and to a lot of Chinese, it is heartbreaking that we escaped communism and now we experience communism here.”
“The Communist regime used the same critical theory to divide people,” Van Fleet charged. “The only difference is they used class instead of race.”
“We were taught to denounce our heritage, and Red Guards destroyed anything that is not communist…statues, books, and anything else,” she added. “We were also encouraged to report on each other, just like the Student Equity Ambassador program and the bias reporting system.”
“This is indeed the American version of the Chinese Cultural Revolution,” she admonished the school board. “The critical race theory has its roots in cultural Marxism. It should have no place in our school.”
“I just want Americans to know that their privilege is to be here living in America, that is just the biggest privilege,” she proclaimed to Fox News. “I do not think a lot of people understand. They are thinking they are doing the right thing, ‘be against racism’ sounds really good. But they are basically breaking the system that is against racism.”
The school board has doubled down on its support for Critical Race Theory. In a letter, County Supervisor Juli Briskman slammed parents’ “low level of racial consciousness” and described their resistance to the CRT curriculum as “racism evolved.”
Parents and teachers both have been accused of “racketeering” and intimidating conservative parents who are taking a stand against Critical Race Theory. They have reportedly been put on a “list” by the Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County. Parents are fighting back with a vengeance.
Ian Prior, who is the father of two students that attend Loudoun schools, warned on Wednesday that Van Fleet’s remarks to the school board “should serve as a stark warning.”
“I think for a while now, school systems have really put this stuff in the schools right under our very noses, and we just weren’t aware,” he noted. “When your kids go to school and you let them go through those doors, you’re trusting the school system to do the job that they’re supposed to do…And it took a pandemic and all the information that parents could see with this distance learning to understand exactly what was going on.”
He says there is “an army of moms” leading the charge in the fight for their children’s education.
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Individuals on Twitter spoke up on the comparison to Communist China:
But is anyone REALLY surprised that the CCP is rising in power rapidly and one of our domestic political parties and its acolytes are rushing to conform to the CCP model here? Wouldn’t that make them first in line for power-sharing?
— 🌮 Ogre Nerdsmovie (@ONerdsmovie) June 9, 2021
A real American.
— The Aurelian (@Aurelian_Mag) June 9, 2021
This is the voice from the past,let this echo in every one to crush the leftists in the country
— John Mekrani (@JohnMekrani) June 10, 2021
The only thing that would have made this better is if she’d had a mic to drop at the end. 👍🏼
— Nemesis 2021 (@Nemtastic1) June 9, 2021
Those on the CRT train need to open their ears and listen to this brave woman!
— Michelle Cook (@MCOOKSELLSDSM) June 10, 2021
Bravo brave patriot. This is who should be in America.
— FURU’R’F’ (@1withdirt) June 9, 2021
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