A North Korean defector discovered that the land of the free includes woke US schools that focused too much on political correctness. Her assessment? “Even North Korea isn’t this nuts,” she said.
North Korea Isn’t This Nuts
Yeonmi Park is a North Korean who fled her country when she was 13 years old. When she went to Columbia University for college, she found that the anti-Western sentiment in the classroom and a focus on political correctness was surprising.
She compared the situation to her home country. “I expected that I was paying this fortune, all this time and energy, to learn how to think. But they are forcing you to think the way they want you to think.
I realized, wow, this is insane. I thought America was different but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying,” she said.
The 27-year-old added that she couldn’t believe how much “censoring of myself” her US university required. “I literally crossed the Gobi Desert to be free and I realized I’m not free, America’s not free,” she said.
Escape From North Korea
Yeonmi Park fled North Korea in 2007 at the age of 13. The dangerous trek to escape took her to China and South Korea and eventually the US. She went to school in New York in 2016. She chronicled her escape from North Korea and life in the repressive regime in the 2015 memoir “In Order to Live.”
Park said that Americans seem willing to give their rights away not realizing they may never come back. “Voluntarily, these people are censoring each other, silencing each other, no force behind it,” she said. “Other times (in history) there’s a military coup d’etat like a force comes in taking your rights away and silencing you. But this country is choosing to be silenced, choosing to give their rights away.”
Woke US Schools
Park detailed how the woke US schools would program students to conform to a certain way of thinking. Her professors issued “trigger warnings” by sharing wording from readings in advance.
This allowed students to opt-out of participating if they don’t like the topic. As a result, they could skip reading or even sit in class during discussions.
In addition, Park said that every problem is because of the white man. Some of the topics on white privilege reminded her of North Korea’s caste system.
There, citizens fell under categories based on their ancestry. Eventually, she learned to “just shut up” to get good grades and graduate.
North Korean Schools
In contrast, Park said North Korean schools taught about the “American Bastard” to students. Park said “I thought North Koreans were the only people who hated Americans but turns out there are a lot of people hating this country in this country.
According to her, American students don’t understand “how hard it is to be free,” or what she terms as real oppression. Cancel culture and shouting down opposing voices is becoming an issue of self-censorship.
She said that she knows what happens when a country removes rights and free speech from citizens. “North Korea was pretty insane. Like the first thing, my mom taught me was don’t even whisper, the birds and mice could hear me. She told me the most dangerous thing that I had in my body was my tongue. So I knew how dangerous it was to say wrong things in a country,” she added.
Obsessed With Oppression
Park, who witnessed people dying from starvation, said Americans remain obsessed with oppression. However, there isn’t much oppression to witness firsthand in the US. “This is completely nuts, this is unbelievable. I don’t know why people are collectively going crazy like this or together at the same time,” she added.
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