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American Thought Leaders


Jan 30, 2023
"I think gender ideology, in general, is very narcissistic ... It's like, 'These are my pronouns. This is my gender. Let me talk to you about how I want to be referred to and how you should refer to me,' says Chaya Raichik, creator of the viral Twitter account “Libs of TikTok.” "And the whole idea of an app, where you go online and you just film yourself talking ... I think that it's a really good match—those activists and TikTok—because TikTok is really a platform for narcissists." Raichik was doxxed in a controversial Washington Post article last year, and since then, she has embraced her public persona. "I’m a Hasidic Jew. There's a concept in Judaism that every single person is in this world for a reason. Every person has a purpose ... Through running Libs of TikTok, I feel like this is my mission now. And I'm very empowered to continue doing it," says Raichik. Raichik and I discuss wokeness and indoctrination in the American education system, and dive into why Libs of TikTok has been so effective, having resulted in new legislation and even in the termination of school officials who promoted gender ideology or grooming in their classrooms. "They create this content, and then I put it out there in their own words. And they don't really want us to see it. They want to just live in their bubble, where everybody agrees with them. So, I'm posting this content and they just can't handle it," says Raichik. "My account really is just centered on protecting the innocence of children. That's the main focus."
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          About the show
          At a time when our nation is becoming increasingly polarized, media often ignore viewpoints and stories that are worthy of attention. American Thought Leaders, hosted by The Epoch Times Senior Editor Jan Jekielek and his reporting team, features in-depth discussions with some of America’s most influential thought leaders on pertinent issues facing our nation today.
          About Jan Jekielek
          Jan Jekielek is a Senior Editor with The Epoch Times and host of the show, “American Thought Leaders.” Jan’s career has spanned academia, media, & international human rights work. In 2009 he joined The Epoch Times full time and has served in a variety of roles, including as Website Chief Editor. He is the producer of the award-winning Holocaust documentary film “Finding Manny.“
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