Let’s be real: When you’ve been sold as a sex slave, being misgendered by someone when you’re ordering a Skinny Macchiato doesn’t feel like an example of tyrannical oppression.
North Korean defector Yeonmi Park was taken aback by her former Columbia University classmates.
“They were in Manhattan, living in the freest country you can imagine, and they’re saying they’re oppressed? It doesn’t even compute,” the 29-year-old author of “While Time Remains,” told the New York Post. “I was sold for $200 as a sex slave in the 21st century under the same sky. And they say they’re oppressed because people can’t follow their pronouns they invent every day?”
When a people becomes untethered from history, when they become unshackled from reality, when they lose the ability to understand cause and effect, they become ripe for exploitation from those who hold real power.”https://t.co/NO5CNDYp88
— Yeonmi Park (@YeonmiParkNK) January 25, 2023
Park defected to China as a young teen, where she was promptly trafficked. She somehow managed to make it to the United States in 2014 and became an American citizen with a Columbia University degree in human rights last year, only to find freedom in the Land of the Free in jeopardy.
“I escaped hell on earth and walked across the desert in search of freedom, and found it,” she writes in her book. “I don’t want anything bad ever to happen to my new home … I want us — need us — to keep the darkness at bay.”
“I need your help to save our country,” she tells her readers, “while time remains.”
Speaking to The Post, Park says her alma mater was a “pure indoctrination camp” where the privileged students are “brainwashed like North Korean students are.”
“I never understood that not having a problem can be a problem,” Park said. “They need to make injustice out of thin air or a problem out of nowhere, because they haven’t experienced anything like what other people are facing in the world.”
It is nearly impossible for Americans to imagine the kind of real oppression Park grew up with under then-Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il’s rule.
If you have never listened to an interview with @YeonmiParkNK you need to. Her account of life in North Korea is absolutely horrifying. https://t.co/Jx7oFcrA1n
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) February 11, 2023
“In the first five years of her life, an estimated 3.5 million North Koreans died of starvation,” The Post reports. “Park recalls hunting for cockroaches on the way to school to quell her hunger — even as Kim’s regime banned the words ‘famine’ and ‘hunger.'”
For trading dried fish, sugar, and metals, Park’s father was arrested and thrown into a hard labor camp.
“I didn’t escape in search of freedom, or liberty, or safety,” Park writes. “I escaped in search of a bowl of rice.”
She recalls her mother telling her when she was a young child that her tongue was the most dangerous thing in her body.
If she said the wrong thing or insulted the regime, her mom warned, her family could face imprisonment or execution.
“That’s the end of cancel culture,” Park told The Post. “Of course, we’re not putting people in front of a firing squad in America now, but their livelihoods, their dignity, their reputations, and their humanity are under attack.”
“When we tell people not to talk, we’re censoring their thinking as well,” she explained. “And when you can’t think, you’re a slave — a brainwashed puppet.”
People in North Korea are divided by the government into 51 classes “based on whether their blood is ‘tainted’ because their ancestors were ‘oppressive’ landowners,” The Post reveals.
“That’s how the regime divided people,” Park said. “What an individual does doesn’t matter. It’s all about your ancestors and the collective.”
With race and identity politics now dividing Americans, Park says the U.S. is pushing “collective guilt.”
What I love most about the USA, is its commitment to each individuals’ unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s hard to communicate to Americans who were born here just how unusual that last right is as a value, let alone a value held by the state.. pic.twitter.com/UZJyyXCOjz
— Yeonmi Park (@YeonmiParkNK) January 30, 2023
“They say white people are privileged and guilty and oppressors,” Park said. “This is the tactic the North Korean regime used to divide people. In America it’s the same idea of collective guilt. This is the ideology that drove North Korea to be what it is today — and we’re putting it into young American minds.”
Park believes we don’t have much time to save America from going down the same path as her place of birth.
“I really don’t think that we have that much time left,” she stated. “Already all our mainstream institutions have the same ideology that North Korea has: socialism, collectivism, and equity.”
“We are literally going through a cultural revolution in America,” Park warned. “When we realize it, it might be too late.”
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