DeSantis establishes 'Victims of Communism Day' requiring high school lessons

Students will be required to learn for at least 45 minutes on "Victims of Communism Day" about communist leaders and those who suffered under them.

Updated: May 9, 2022 - 6:06pm

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Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill establishing "Victims of Communism Day," requiring public high school students to learn about communist regimes and their deadly effects.

Every year on Nov. 7, students will receive at least 45 minutes of lessons on communism in honor of the 100 million people killed by communist regimes. Topics named in the bill include "Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution, Joseph Stalin and the Soviet System, Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution, Vladimir Lenin and the Russian Revolution, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, and Nicolás Maduro and the Chavismo movement, and how victims suffered under these regimes through poverty, starvation, migration, systemic lethal violence, and suppression of speech."

DeSantis said that the lessons are "the best way to ensure that history does not repeat itself."

The governor also criticized higher education during a press conference on the bill. 

"There are probably more Marxists on college faculties in the United States than in all of Eastern Europe combined. They don’t want to go back to communism," he said.

Cuban exile Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.) applauded DeSantis' bill.

"In Florida, our children will learn of the evil history of communism and the impact such a destructive ideology has had on so many around the world," he wrote on Twitter.

DeSantis also allocated $25 million in funding to Miami-Dade College's Freedom Tower, which originally was used to help fleeing Cubans in the 1960s and now honors Cuban Americans.

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