“I’ve been very alarmed at what’s going on in our school,” Xi Van Fleet said to the Loudoun County school board. “You are now training our children to be social justice warriors and to loathe our country and our history. Growing up in Mao’s China, all of this seems very familiar.” Around 65 million Chinese died from Mao Zedong’s ongoing attempt to convert China into a socialist nation. Political prisoners, executions, and famine became the routine. The “Great Leap Forward” featured the collectivization of China’s agriculture, resulting in gross mismanagement of food distribution and ultimately mass starvation. According to Van Fleet, she fled China when she was 26 and her son graduated from Loundoun back in 2015. She issued a chilling warning about the similarities she sees in critical race theory and what she saw in the brutal Mao tenure.
“The communist regime used the same theory to divide people, the only difference is they used class instead of race. During the cultural revolution I witnessed students and teachers turned against each other, we changed school names to be politically correct. We were taught to denounce our heritage. The red guards destroyed anything that was not communist. Old statues, books and anything else.” Van Fleet recalled some of the horrors of growing up under Mao. The Cultural Revolution began when she was 6 years old, she said, and immediately pitted students and teachers and against one another by hanging “Big Posters” in hallways and the cafeteria where students could write criticisms against anyone deemed ideologically impure.
“One of the teachers was considered bourgeoisie because she liked to wear pretty clothes,” Van Fleet said. “So the students attacked her and spat on her. We were also encouraged to report on each other, just like the student equity ambassador program today. This is indeed the American version of the Chinese cultural revolution. The Critical Race Theory has its roots in cultural Marxism. It should have no place in our schools.” The students and parents in attendance responded with applause. Van Fleet said it’s “heartbreaking” to see communist ideas and values taking root. “I feel like it’s such a free country, with books on both sides of an issue. I can’t really just say what I mean, even though the other side can say whatever. To me, and to a lot of Chinese, it is heartbreaking that we escaped communism and now we experience communism here.”
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