By: Amy Jo Underwood
During a school board meeting in Loudoun County, VA this week, an elderly Chinese woman made her way to the podium and addressed the board members. She warned them that what they are doing resembles the communist policies of Chairman Mao’s China that resulted in the death of an estimated 78 million people.
Xi Van Fleet was 6 when Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution began to kill millions. But she still remembers how it started.
And on Wednesday evening, she condemned the Loudoun County school district’s use of Critical Race Theory as Maoist tactics.
Van Fleet walked to the microphone and told board members how “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...This is, indeed, the American version of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.”
“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.
But Van Fleet didn’t just talk in sweeping generalities. She called out the anonymous “Bias Reporting System” the school district had launched in late May saying, “We were also encouraged to report on each other, just like the Student Equity Ambassador program and the Bias Reporting System.”
Van Fleet finished her comments by saying that critical race theory should have no place in our schools and received applause as she walked back to her seat.
“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.” - Xi Van Fleet, Loudoun County community member