The Herald reports:
A North Korean defector who moved to the United States says she thought she was entering a country that promoted free speech – instead, she found the opposite when she went to university.
Yeonmi Park attended Columbia University and she soon realised she was in a system that focused on political correctness and contained anti-Western sentiment.
She says she thought the system would encourage free thinking and open dialogue but instead found they were being forced to think a certain way.
Following her experience she said “even North Korea isn’t this nuts”.
“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,” Park told Fox News.
“I realised, 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.”
Park, 27, says she couldn’t believe she would be asked to do “this much censoring of myself” at a university in the US.
She is not alone. More and more people are self-censoring to appease the mob,
Park saw the red flags immediately after being scolded by a staff member for admitting she enjoyed classic literature such as Jane Austen.
She was told “those writers had a colonial mindset”, were “racists and bigots and subconsciously brainwashing you”.
Jane Austen is not on the approved woke list of acceptable books.
Her professors gave students “trigger warnings”, sharing the wording from readings in advance so people could opt out of reading or even sitting in class during discussions, Park told The Post.
“Going to Columbia, the first thing I learned was ‘safe space’,” she said.
“Every problem, they explained to us, is because of white men.” Some of the discussions of white privilege reminded her of the caste system in her native country, where people were categorised based on their ancestors, she said.
She found she would get into arguments with lecturers and students about subjects and eventually learned “how to just shut up” in order to maintain her good grades.
“I literally crossed the Gobi Desert to be free and I realised I’m not free, America’s not free.”
And this disease of control is already taking root here.