Fairfax County, VA – A Virginia mother who endured Mao’s Cultural Revolution before immigrating to the United States said the National School Boards Association and the Judiciary were using tactics such as using Communist China to stop supporters from speaking out.
“When I was in China, I spent my whole school year in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, so I was very familiar with the communist tactics of how to divide people, how to destroy Chinese traditional culture and destroy our heritage.” Shi Van Fleet told Fox News. “This is all happening here in America.”
“They called them racists for a long time, but that didn’t work,” Van Fleet said, referring to their parents who have spoken out about critical race theory. “So, they have to upgrade their domestic terrorists.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced last week that, among other efforts, a task force would be set up to determine how “federal enforcement tools” could be used to prosecute criminal conduct against school staff. He said harassment and violence against school employees had increased and that “threats against government employees are not only illegal, they are against the core values of our nation.”
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A few days before Garland’s announcement, the National School Boards Association said such threats and violence “could be the equivalent of domestic terrorism.”
Van Fleet told Fox News: “I have to say, it will backfire. If intimidated, America has fallen long ago.”
Van Fleet, who made headlines in June when he addressed the Loudoun County School Board for his concerns about critical race theory, joined parents in neighboring Fairfax County who condemned the DOJ’s efforts.
“I have a question: what [the] Next episode? What about the next crackdown in Tiananmen Square, or the parents who risked their lives one day just to talk to the kids? That’s why I’m here, ”Van Fleet told Fox News.
Harry Jackson, a parent from Fairfax County, Virginia, and the president of the Thomas Jefferson High School Parent Teacher Student Association, said parents in his community were horrified after the announcement.
“I understand parents don’t want to talk about their concerns in front of school board members, because there’s a fear now,” Jackson told Fox News.
“They have instilled fear in the parents,” he continued. “They have created fear in the community where you are supposed to serve and support.”
Suparna Dutt, who recently expelled her son from Thomas Jefferson High School, echoed Jackson’s comments, calling the DOJ announcement “tragic.”
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“I’m scared,” Dutt told Fox News. “Still, I believe I’m living at a time when if I don’t speak up for my child and if I don’t stand up for what is right in America, I don’t know what the next generation will leave with.”
Van Fleet said parents should not be intimidated by recent events.
“It’s about your kids,” said Van Fleet, whose son graduated from Loudoun High School in 2015. “For me, I’m fighting it because it’s about our future. The future of this country. So we can’t be afraid.”
Michael Ruiz and Matt Wall contributed to this report.