Over the weekend, Nikole Hannah-Jones, the author of the New York Times Magazine series "The 1619 Project," attempted to lecture a woman who escaped Mao's communist regime about oppression, Fox News Digital reported.
On Sunday, Hannah-Jones posted a three-part thread on Twitter rejecting "the narrative of American exceptionalism" and arguing that black history is under attack.
"Someone asked me why is Black history, specifically, being targeted. I said it's because our history has always been political *by definition*: Our very presence on these lands is the greatest rebuke to the narrative of American exceptionalism. We give lie to the lie," Hannah-Jones wrote on Sunday.
"Blk history is the most inconvenient to American mythology. In a country founded on ideals of liberty, we were enslaved. The greatest democracy in the world violently suppressed democracy amongst its Black citizens for 100 years after the end of slavery. These truths are hard," she continued.
The controversial journalist insisted that America's "accurate history" has been suppressed.
Xi Van Fleet, a survivor of Mao's Marxist Cultural Revolution in China, replied to Hannah-Jones' Twitter posts by stating, "Yourself and I, an immigrant from China with 200 borrowed dollars in my pocket when I arrived more than 30 yrs ago, are the proof of American Exceptionalism."
In response, Hannah-Jones asked Van Fleet to elaborate and "be specific."
Van Fleet argued, "Natural rights is unique to American founding. Bc of it we were able to abolish slavery, Jim Crow, anti-Chinese laws … to allow individuals to succeed. What is not unique to America is slavery, which still exists today. Ppl fighting for human rights in China are jailed by CCP."
Hannah-Jones fired back by stating that not all people were granted natural rights when America was founded.
"Ma'am, the idea of natural rights may have been unique, but 1/5th of the population was enslaved at our founding and had no 'natural rights,'" Hannah-Jones wrote.
She then asked Van Fleet, "Further, you do not think protesters in the US face state violence and arrest? You think the US has no political prisoners?"
Hannah-Jones recommended that Van Fleet watch an episode of her Hulu show, "The 1619 Project," an adaption of her 2019 series with the New York Times Magazine.
"I'm afraid your vision of America does not match the reality," Hannah-Jones claimed.
"Mine is not a 'vision,'" Van Fleet explained. "Mine is 'lived experience' under the enslavement of Communism, freedom in America, and the current Woke Revolution aiming to undo America."
Van Fleet attributed the end of slavery in America to the country's "persevering principles and humanity."
During a 2021 Loudoun County School Board meeting, Van Fleet spoke out against the district's critical race theory agenda, the Independent Women's Forum reported.
She argued that CRT is "the American version of the Chinese Cultural Revolution" and that the ideology has "roots in cultural Marxism."
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