‘Victims of Communism Day’ legislation now on Gov. DeSantis’ desk for signature
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The legislation sets aside a remembrance day and requires students learn the human cost of communism.

Legislation requiring students to learn about the suffering inflicted by communism was one of 17 bills that landed on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk Thursday.

With the Governor’s signature, he and succeeding Governors would declare Nov. 7 ”Victims of Communism Day.” That is the anniversary of the day in 1917 when Vladimir Lenin stormed the Russian capital to overthrow the government. It ignited a worldwide movement.

The bill called for honoring the 100 million victims of communist regimes around the world.

The legislation (HB 395) enjoyed unanimous approval in both the House and the Senate.

Miami-area Republican Reps. David Borrero and Alex Rizo sponsored the legislation in the House and Republican Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. introduced it in the Senate. The Senate adopted the House version as it moved toward full legislative approval.

As the state’s new Education Commissioner, Diaz will be overseeing another aspect of the bill: rewriting social studies standards so that high school students in American government class receive at least 45 minutes on the suffering that communism caused starting in the 2023-24 school year.

Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Russia’s Lenin and Joseph Stalin, Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, Cambodia’s Pol Pot and China’s Mao Zedong are the figures mentioned in the legislation that aims to ensure students learn, “how victims suffered under these regimes through suppression of speech, poverty, starvation, migration and systemic lethal violence.”

Miami Democratic Sen. Annette Taddeo, who fled Colombia as a child, was among those who rose to support the legislation and thanked Diaz for introducing the measure.

“Any victim of communism knows very much that we need to learn from the experiences of the victims (of communism) and we should teach it and we should celebrate the fact that we talk about it, that we are willing to teach our kids about it,” she said.

Some of the committee discussions involved polls of young people that show them viewing socialism in a more positive light.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • will to power

    May 6, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    Perhaps we could read the works of Marx and Lenin and others and let the young decide for themselves? Or would that be too much of an outdated “Age of Enlightenment” suggestion to these Nietzschean adherents focused on hate and control in their attempt to prevent a quest for a greater understanding of philosophy? Even Nietzsche would be shamed by the naked pursuit of power over the marketplace of ideas.

    • Joe G.

      May 7, 2022 at 1:55 pm

      Yep. DeSantis and his minions are working hard to find an enemy behind every tree and under every rock. I must say that I’m a bit disappointed that the Dems all supported this obvious call to demonize ALL people who have liberal ideas. (It also looks like it might be an attempt to derail union organizing.)

      I’m kinda surprised that there’s been only one comment (except mine) in almost 24 hours.

  • That’s nice

    May 8, 2022 at 7:32 am

    Except I don’t care about something that happened in the 80s lol

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