You know things are bad when a North Korean defector is concerned about the level of indoctrination to which American schoolchildren are exposed. On Wednesday, Fox News published a disturbing assessment of Yeonmi Park, a refugee from the despot regime who came to America seeking freedom.
Park is sounding the alarm — noting that she sees clear parallels between Nazi ideology and left-wing indoctrination in American schools.
Park told Fox News Digital she is worried freedoms are eroding in America. Acutely aware of how dictatorships and communist regimes operate, Park warned:
“This is exactly the dictator’s handbook. I mean, it’s [Adolf] Hitler’s youth, Mao’s youth and Kim Il-Sung’s youth. They always go for young children because they have [not] lived their life enough to… have critical thinking skills. Their brains are very plastic, very malleable, and easy to observe information and believe it and [they’re] innocent.”
Park continued: “And… big killers [who] want to seize power from the people, they always mobilize the youth. And that is the truth that [worries me that], as a parent myself, that I cannot protect my child right now in America.”
Park was born in Hyesan, North Korea. She notes that the people there are severely oppressed — there are no opportunities and no freedoms. The government sustains the status quo by indoctrinating, controlling and limiting the thinking of its citizens.
“So the thing about North Korea is that is so oppressed to the point we don’t even have the word for oppression… There’s actually even the control of the language in words. And this is why it concerns me where there’s such a something called a speech code, the things that we cannot talk about in America right now,” she added.
Park’s words sound reminiscent of President Biden’s recent push for a Disinformation Governance Board, which some have called “the thought police.”
As Park’s four-year-old son prepares to enter the public school system, she notes she is concerned about what she calls the “massive indoctrination coming from the left” and feels compelled to speak out.
“I’m willing to move anywhere it takes for me to protect my child from this brainwashing,” she said. “So when one more person convert[s] every day like that, we are going to end up like North Korea eventually. So I think it’s our personal responsibility to protect as many people… [and] children as we can from this massive indoctrination coming from the left.”
Park fled North Korea in 2007. It took her seven years to make the treacherous journey to China, Mongolia, South Korea and then to the United States.
She recalled: “I escaped North Korea when I was 13 years old… And that journey led me to become trafficked in China and sold as a child sex wife… Currently, I’m…fighting for freedom even in America.”
The observation that many Americans are not willing to fight to keep their freedoms is disconcerting to Park. She reflected:
“A lot of people in America who are born into freedom, they never had to fight for their freedom… I had to fight for freedom… I fought for it… So I think it gives me unique perspective and unique appreciation for what I have here.”
Park observes that the public school system in America pushes ideologies and curricula that foster division and will ultimately put the government in a position to enforce draconian restrictions on speech and other freedoms.
Park argues that America’s efforts to indoctrinate children on the topics of “White privilege” and “White guilt” is what North Korea did in the name of “equity.”
“[In America,] it’s all about this hierarchy of victimhood. And I see that my son… [is] learning their school, who is privileged, who is guilty,” she said.
Park added that progressive and socialist talking points by American politicians terrify her. She recalled how North Koreans gave up their land and freedoms for the sake of equality and ended up getting nothing in return.
“This is where it keeps me up at night. I never knew that I was going to be waking up at night and terrified being in America. I did that tons of nights in North Korea and China.”
“The definition of socialism means giving all the power to the government – they decide the means of production. They despise every aspect of our lives… In North Korea, they say, ‘Okay, we’re going to make sure everybody is equal… So give us all your land.’ So we gave the regime all the land, so they abolish[ed] private property. Nobody could own anything. State owns it. And that is when they took everything, did not give anything back to us. And then when we gave all our rights, they didn’t give anything back… That’s a reality of socialism,” she said.
Park notes that Americans must study history if they wish not to repeat tragic missteps.
“That’s why we keep repeating it. We have seen how this plays a role, a playbook for dictators. There is a playbook for this elite… to seize power from people. And this brainwashing is a seed of that like making sure that everybody [is]… brainwash[ed] to believe this is a way to get to that paradise. And the paradise doesn’t exist,” she said.
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