(USA Features) A North Korean defector who was made to become a sex slave at a young age in China before eventually making her way to South Korea and the U.S. is comparing American university curriculum to the communist propaganda she was fed as a student in her home country.
Yeonmi Park, 27, told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday that the materials she was exposed to as a student at Ivy League Columbia University shocked her.
“I fell in love with this country; this is such a wonderful country. I never been accepted more than this country was,” she said.
“And at Columbia University, literally every professor was saying that, you know, the problems that we have on today’s world is because of white men, how they colonize Africa… that’s how they mess up everything. And they are the one who needs to be blamed,” she said.
“And I couldn’t believe that, am I sitting in North Korea’s classroom or in America?” she added. “Actually, I couldn’t believe why people are hating their own people that much.”
Park went on to disparage communism in general as a political ideology that provides people with the false hope of an unattainable society that harms people but empowers its leaders.
“The fact that I come from North Korea, and say, you know, North Korea started as a communist country, it began as, you know, let’s make it the most equal society in the world,” she told Hannity.
“Now, the regime made 50 different classes, based on your status, based on what your great great grandfather did, and when I went to Columbia, that’s when I shocked they say, because your ancestors owned the slaves, that you must be guilty, you are privileged because you’re white,” the defector continued.
“And this is injustice because you can never choose your ancestors. You don’t choose your race and people in North Korea being punished for you know, certain class and in this America, the same thing happening right now,” she reasoned.
Hannity went on to ask Park if she would consider telling her story on American campuses around the country, though he warned her that she would likely be protested at those same campuses.
“So, yeah, I mean, I used to be enemy with Kim Jong Un. I mean, I had been on the killing list of [inaudible] for many years, because I spoke out in the West about the suffering of North Korean people, my three generations of family got punished,” Park said.
“But now is, ironically enough, so many Marxists, and Communists, Maoists, Leninists are sending me death threats. And this is such an irony that I don’t even know how to respond,” she added.