On Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Bill HB395 into law. This bill requires public high schools to observe ‘Victims of Communism Day’ on November 7 of each year.
The bill requires that students learn about the atrocities of communism across the world. The bill passed unanimously in the House and Senate earlier this year.
During a press conference, DeSantis said:
“We want to make sure that every year folks in Florida, but particularly our students, will learn about the evils of communism, the dictators that have led communist regimes, and the hundreds of millions of individuals who suffered and continue to suffer under the weight of this discredited ideology.”
The Miami Young Republicans are credited with launching this bill. The president of the group’s father was a political prisoner in Cuba and suffered greatly under the communist regime.
Starting in the 2022-2023 school year, students will be required to receive 45 minutes of instruction on “Victims of Communism Day.”
Students will cover topics including Mao and the Cultural Revolution, Stalin, Lenin, Castro, and more. It will focus on how the victims of communism suffered from poverty, starvation, systemic violence, and suppression of speech.