A Virginia mom who lived in China during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution before migrating to the U.S. blasted a school board for pushing critical race theory.
The story: Xi Van Fleet, whose son graduated from Loudoun High School in 2015, spoke before the Loudoun County’s School board in Virginia on Tuesday, during a public meeting.
Van Fleet, who was given one minute to speak, slammed the school board for supporting the concept of critical race theory.
She compared it to the Cultural Revolution launched in 1966, in China, by the country’s Communist leader Mao Zedong. It is believed that between 500,000 and 20 million people died in the 10 years when it lasted.
Her remarks: “I’ve been very alarmed by what’s going on in our schools. 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. The Communist regime used the same critical theory to divide people; the only difference is they used class instead of race,” Van Fleet told the board members at the meeting.
“During the Cultural Revolution, I witnessed students and teachers turn against each other. We changed school names to be politically correct. We were taught to denounce our heritage. The Red Guards destroyed anything that is not Communist: old statues, books, and anything else,” she continued. “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. The Critical Race Theory has its roots in cultural Marxism. It should have no place in our schools,” Van Fleet concluded.
In detail: Van Fleet, who lived in China’s Sichuan province, told Fox News that the Cultural Revolution began when she was six years old. She recalled students being encouraged to write criticism of those they believed to be ideologically “impure” on “Big Posters” on the walls of the school cafeteria and hallways.
She pointed to one instance where students attacked and spit on a teacher because she “was considered bourgeoisie because she liked to wear pretty clothes … 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 said. “We were asked to report if we hear anything about someone saying anything showing that there’s a lack of complete loyalty to Mao … There were people reporting their parents, and their parents ended up in jail.”
Van Fleet left China when she was 26.
“To me, and to a lot of Chinese, it is heartbreaking that we escaped communism and now we experience communism here,” she noted.
Earlier this month, parents sued the Loudoun County School Board, demanding that the school remove the“Student Equity Ambassador Program” and “Bias Reporting System,” WTOP reported. The lawsuit argues that only students of color are allowed to be ambassadors in the program or students that agree to be an ally to people of color. The second program encourages students to report incidents of bias.
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