‘I was a slave’: North Korean defector has a sobering message for disrespectful Olympian Gwen Berry

North Korean defector and former slave Yeonmi Park called out Olympian Gwen Berry and shamed her for her privilege and disrespect to America after turning her back on the National Anthem following track and field trials.

Berry, who is a U.S. Olympic hammer thrower, has been heavily criticized for her political gesture during the trials. She calls herself an “activist athlete” who is protesting racism in America.

Park is a human rights activist who escaped the murderous communist regime in North Korea and fled to the United States. She called Berry’s actions “unthinkable” during an interview with “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade.

“If she did the exact same thing at this very moment, if she was North Korean, not only herself will be executed, [also] eight generations of her family can be sent to political prison camp and execution,” Park stated.

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Berry claims to not hate America but instead has an issue with the National Anthem itself: “If you know your history, you know the full song of the National Anthem, the third paragraph speaks to slaves in America, our blood being slain… all over the floor,” Berry contended in an interview with the Black News Channel. “It’s disrespectful and it does not speak for Black Americans. It’s obvious. There’s no question.”

That offended Park and she slapped back at Berry for her justification: “I was a slave,” Park declared. “I was sold in China in 2007 as a child at 13 years old. The people actually called slavery under Chinese Communist Party in North Korea. There is actual injustice. And the fact that she’s complaining about this country, the most tolerant country, she doesn’t really understand history.”

Park highlighted what real oppression is, not what Berry and other coddled liberals claim it is. She called her “spoiled” for not appreciating the freedom she has in America: “In North Korea, people who are actually oppressed don’t even know they’re oppressed. The fact that she’s complaining about oppression and systemic racism – she does not understand that she’s so privileged.”

“There are people dying to come to America at this very moment,” Park stated. “I just hope they go to North Korea, China and see how humans are being oppressed. And they will truly understand how valuable the freedom that we have, this country has and how lucky they are to be in the best country in human history.”

Park, who fled the Hermit Kingdom in 2007, also attended Columbia University and was shocked by the anti-American sentiment she found there. She claims that “even North Korea isn’t this nuts” when it comes to political correctness.

“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,” she told 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.”

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“I literally crossed the Gobi Desert to be free and I realized I’m not free, America’s not free,” Park commented.

“Going to Columbia, the first thing I learned was ‘safe space,’” she explained. “Every problem, they explained to us, is because of white men.”

She also said that she was criticized for saying she enjoyed the writings of Jane Austen. “I said ‘I love those books.’ I thought it was a good thing,” Park remarked. “Then she said, ‘Did you know those writers had a colonial mindset? They were racists and bigots and are subconsciously brainwashing you.’”

Park said North Korean students were continuously taught about the “American Bastard.”

“I thought North Koreans were the only people who hated Americans but turns out there are a lot of people hating this country in this country,” she told the New York Post.


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