A Virginia mother who has lived to tell of Mao’s Cultural Revolution in China before emigrating to the United States told Fox News that the National School Boards Association and the Justice Department are employing tactics she remembers from the communist nation. Tactics, she says, that were used to great effect in stifling free speech.
“When I was in China, I spent my entire school years in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, so I’m very, very familiar with the communist tactics of how to divide people, how they canceled the Chinese traditional culture and destroyed our heritage,” Xi Van Fleet told Fox News.
“All this is happening here in America,” she added.
“They call(ed) them racists for a long time, but that did not work,” Van Fleet said, referring to the parents who have voiced objections to critical race theory being taught to their children. “So, they have to upgrade to ‘domestic terrorists’.”
Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland took another step towards tyranny, announcing the creation of a task force to determine how “federal enforcement tools” can be used to prosecute criminal conduct directed toward school personnel. He said harassment and violence against school employees had increased and that “threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values.”
Ever notice how Leftists habitually proclaim “values” as a blanket word to justify their continuing efforts to destroy America’s core values?
The National School Boards Association said days prior to Garland’s announcement that such threats and violence “could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism.”
Van Fleet told Fox News: “I have to say, this will backfire. If intimidation works, America has fallen a long time ago.”
The mother of a son who graduated from Loudoun High School in 2015, Van Fleet made headlines in June when she decimated the county’s school board at a public meeting.
“I’ve been very alarmed by what’s going on in our schools,” 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 an estimated 500,000 to 20 million Chinese that took place from 1966 to 1976, although no exact figures are known due to the Chinese Communist Party’s predilection for secrecy.
“I do have a question: What’s [the] next step? Is the Tiananmen Square crackdown the next, or the parents who one day risked their lives just to speak out for the children? That’s why I’m here,” Van Fleet told Fox News.
Harry Jackson, a Fairfax County, Virginia, parent and president of the Thomas Jefferson High School Parent Teacher Student Association, said parents in his community were alarmed after Garland’s announcement.
“I can understand parents not wanting to speak in front of the school board members of their concerns because now there is a fear,” Jackson told the outlet.
“They have instilled fear within the parents,” he continued. “They created fear amongst the community in which you’re supposed to service and support.”
Suparna Dutta, who recently pulled her son out of Thomas Jefferson High School, echoed Jackson’s comments, calling the threat from the Department of Justice “shocking.”
“I am scared,” Dutta told the outlet. “Yet, I believe that I’m living in a time when if I don’t speak up for my child and if I don’t stand up for what’s right in America, I don’t know what the next generation will be left with.”
Van Fleet concluded, “This is about your children. For me, I’m fighting it because it is about our future. The future of this country. So we cannot be intimidated.”
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