Xi Van Fleet, who was a child during Mao’s murderous Cultural Revolution, was applauded by grateful Loudoun County parents in June 2021 when she warned the school it was following the same pattern she witnessed in her blood-soaked homeland.
"The Communist regime used the same critical theory to divide people," she told school board members in her one minute of allotted time. "The only difference is they used class instead of race."
That criticism of Critical Race Theory was wildly applauded by the room of irate parents who were learning the buzzwords their children were learning in class, such as “equity” and “white privilege,” came from the controversial race-based theory about power-hungry whites and struggling minorities. Thanks to the Chinese-American who spoke up, those parents were also learning CRT traced its academic roots to class-based Critical Theory, which described the struggles of the proletariat to overthrow the greedy bourgeoisie.
“I think for a while now,” grateful parent Ian Prior later told Fox News, “school systems have really put this stuff in the schools right under our very noses, and we just weren’t aware.”
A year and two months after her school board speech, Xi was a guest this week on the “Today’s Issues” AFR program. In the live interview, she described the terrible destruction of Mao’s revolution and the terror inflicted by the Red Guards, his brainwashed foot soldiers who carried out orders that killed as many as 20 million of their own citizens.
Mao called that murderous purge of dissenters, which relied heavily on young people, the “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.”
“It’s all about power,” Xi told the radio program. "They never come and tell you we’re doing this because we want power. They tell you it’s for the ‘greater good’ of society.”
Xi survived China’s murderous embrace of Communism and immigrated to the U.S. in 1986, when she was 26.
Because her son graduated from Loudoun County High in 2015, Xi spoke at the school board meeting last summer because it had embraced the Marxist-inspired belief the white majority is subjugating minorities.
"I do not think a lot of people understand," she explained to Fox News. "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."
At the same time Xi was speaking out, a group of Loudoun County parents and school staff formed a private Facebook group called “Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County” that compiled an enemies list of parents who opposed the school district “equity” lessons.
In her “Today’s Issues” interview, Xi said the American public shouldn’t be fooled when they hear today's communists talking about saving democracy.
“In reality, they are using democracy to seize power and to keep it,” she warned. “But when you challenge their power, they say you are an ‘insurrectionist.’ You are a ‘terrorist.’”
Regarding the current state of American schools, Xi said the “woke” teachers outnumber those who are not.
“Even if you have school choice, where do you get your teachers?” she asked rhetorically. “You get teachers from Marxist colleges and universities trained by Marxist professors."
So what can be done? “We have to take back our education system,” she said.