Mother Who Survived China’s Cultural Revolution Blasts School Board’s Critical Race Theory Push

A mother who lived in Mao Zedong’s China before immigrating to the United States blasted a Virginia school board at a public meeting over its ludicrous support of critical race theory.

Xi Van Fleet told Loudoun’s County School Board members the following:

“I’ve been very alarmed by what’s going on in our schools. You are now teaching, training our children to be social justice warriors and to loathe our country and our history.”

She likened CRT to China’s Cultural Revolution, which resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of people during the 60s and 70s. The estimates vary greatly and many details have been shrouded in secrecy ever since.

Van Fleet, whose son is a Loudoun High School graduate, shared some of her experience growing up in China’s Sichuan province in an interview Wednesday.

The revolution started when she was 6 years of age, and it immediately pitted students and teachers against one another by hanging “Big Posters” in hallways and the cafeteria where students could write criticisms against anyone they saw as being 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 spit on her. She was covered with spit… and pretty soon it became violence.”

Xi Van Fleet

The Communists would raid homes and smash up any relics of the country’s past culture, history, religion, and governments, she said.

“Everything that was considered ‘old,’ feudalist, a vase, Buddhas, everything was taken out and smashed,” she said.

Thought crimes were also part of Mao’s insanity.

“We were asked to report if we hear anything about someone saying anything showing that there’s a lack of complete loyalty to Mao,” Van Fleet said. “There were people reporting their parents, and their parents ended up in jail.”

She also recalled that when she was 26 she finally managed to escape, and when she arrived in the US she found the freedoms she had never been able to enjoy before.

“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 the current cultural and political climate in the United States, however, she said those freedoms are starting to crumble.

“I can’t really just say what I mean, even though the other side can say whatever,” she said. “To me, and to a lot of Chinese, it is heartbreaking that we escaped communism and now we experience communism here.”

She also drew direct parallels between what she saw back then in Communist China and what she sees in the US today.

“The Communist regime used the same critical theory to divide people,” she said. “The only difference is they used class instead of race.”

She said she saw students and teachers “turn against each other” and schools even changed their names “to be politically correct.”

“We were taught to denounce our heritage, and Red Guards destroyed anything that is not communist…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,” she added. “The critical race theory has its roots in cultural Marxism. It should have no place in our school.”

Van Fleet concluded her phone interview Wednesday by saying:

“I just want Americans to know that their privilege is to be here living in America, that is just the biggest privilege. 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.”

Sadly, the Loudoun County school board does not seem to be taking note and is even doubling down on its embrace of radical left-wing policies, including CRT, in recent months.

See Sean Hannity’s report on the story by clicking below.

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