As American colleges and universities are under fire for censorship and an assault on the First Amendment, an Ivy League graduate who is also a North Korea defector is speaking out against the schools as more “nuts” than the hermit nation. Yeonmi Park is one of several hundred North Korean defectors now living in the United States after transferring to Columbia University.
Park said that once she began attending classes at the elite school she was immediately alarmed by what she was learning.
According to Fox News:
“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 said in an interview with Fox News. “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.”
Those similarities include anti-Western sentiment, collective guilt and suffocating political correctness.
Park recalled a moment during orientation when she was scolded by a university staff member for enjoying the work of famous writers like Jane Austen.
“I said ‘I love those books.’ I thought it was a good thing,” recalled Park.
“Then she said, ‘Did you know those writers had a colonial mindset? They were racists and bigots and are subconsciously brainwashing you.’”
“Even North Korea is not this nuts,” she said. “North Korea was pretty crazy, but not this crazy.”