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Annabella Rockwell spent her college years at Mount Holyoke College, a prestigious women’s college located in South Hadley, Massachusetts. In a recent interview, she shared the kind of woke indoctrination so many college students are subjected to today.
Though the college posts the following on their website, Rockwell’s experience suggests they do not adhere to this where political diversity is involved:
Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law.
Rockwell recently told The New York Post that she ” Wound up ‘totally indoctrinated’ into viewing the world as a toxic patriarchy and herself as an oppressed victim — and eventually had to be deprogrammed.”
“This professor tells me about the patriarchy,” Rockwell told The Post. ” I barely knew what the word meant. I didn’t know what she was talking about. I wasn’t someone that into feminism. I just knew that I felt I had always been free to do what I wanted. I never experienced sexism. But I was told there’s the patriarchy and you don’t even understand it’s been working against you your whole life. You’ve been oppressed and you didn’t even know it. Now you have to fight it. And I just went down this deep rabbit hole.”
But the time she graduated from the school, which charges $60,000 a year in tuition, in 2015, Rockwell said, she’d been “brainwashed” into believing she had been a lifelong victim of patriarchal oppression and had a duty to fight on behalf of other victims: women, people of color and LBGTQ folks.
“I left school very anxious, very nervous, very depressed and sad,” Rockwell said. “I saw everything through the lens of oppression and bias and victimhood. I came to the school as someone who saw everyone equally. I left looking for injustice wherever I could and automatically assuming that all white men were sexist. My thoughts were no longer my own.”
Rockwell said she also developed a drinking problem at college and turned on her mother, Melinda Rockwell, whom she had once considered her best friend. Melinda said Rockwell wrote a “horrible manifesto” right after graduation, accusing her mom of treating her like a “wind-up toy” and a “doll” and never loving her.
“I felt I had to teach her how she was wrong and expose her and to do that with everyone who didn’t see things correctly,” Rockwell said. “The professors encouraged alienation [from parents] and even offered their homes to stay in. They’d say, like, don’t go see them, come stay with us for the holiday. Most of my classmates believed all this stuff, too. If you didn’t you were ostracized.”
Rockwell’s mother was so concerned, The Post continues, she hired a deprogrammer.
Melinda enlisted the help of a deprogrammer who charged $300 a day as well as Annabella’s old tennis coach, Scott Williams, but was warned that it can take up to seven years for someone to overcome what Melinda considered brainwashing.
Rockwell began working for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign after she graduated but after Clinton’s loss in 2016, Rockwell moved back to Florida. In 2018, she became involved in local progressive campaigns and stopped drinking. When she sobered up, she said she began questioning some of the Democratic agenda — especially the more violent and destructive Black Lives Matter riots.
“My social media feed was an echo chamber of everything I’d been taught at Mt. Holyoke,” Rockwell said. “Everyone had the black square and it was all ‘no justice, no peace.’ But I was starting to think to myself, ‘Why are we burning down businesses in the name of empowerment? How is this helping black people? It just doesn’t make sense.’ It just began to click in that moment about how hypocritical it was.”
Rockwell shared why she chose to speak-up on her Instagram.
“When @danakennedylive called me on Tuesday I was hesitant, but felt compelled by an all-too-Divine timing. I’ve gone through spiritual and ideological changes the last few years that have led me to realize that when I left college, desperately searching for injustices, my thoughts weren’t my own. We are not meant to agree, but we are meant to think & discuss and the lack of dialogue and the incessant screaming, or even worse, the cancelling, in this country is leading to our demise. If you’re confused ASK ME. I am willing to communicate respectfully.
I looked at myself in the mirror and took responsibility for my thoughts, actions & health. I humbled myself and asked for help. If your mind is saying one thing and your gut another, listen to your instinct. If you don’t believe the narrative take the additional step to do your own research. You can do as I did, and ask God for guidance.”
Earlier this year, Rockwell became a fundraiser for PragerU.
PragerU founder Dennis Prager spoke with Rockwell about her political evolution.
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