DeSantis signs law requiring Florida school lessons on victims of communism

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Author: Ryan Dailey and Alex Galbraith

Source: Orlando Weekly

Calling it a “blockbuster day for freedom,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill that will require public-school students to observe “Victims of Communism Day” on Nov. 7 each year.

The new law, which went into effect immediately, describes the day as being geared toward “honoring the 100 million people who have fallen victim to communist regimes” across the world. The 100 million number comes from the widely discredited Black Book of Communism, which included nearly all unnatural deaths in communist countries in its tallies. It has been repeatedly accused of inflating numbers without historical backing. This predilection for pumping up numbers led several of the books' contributors to disavow it after publication.

The law pushes this story into Florida schools and gives DeSantis authority to extend observance of the day beyond public schools, as it requires that Victims of Communism Day “be suitably observed by public exercise in the State Capitol and elsewhere as the governor may designate."

DeSantis signed the measure (HB 395) at the Freedom Tower in Miami, where Cuban refugees who fled to South Florida in the 1960s were processed as they arrived in the United States.

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