The Florida Bill would designate November 7 as the day of communism’s sacrifice

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Legislation moving through Florida House will designate November 7 as an annual Communism Friday and also teach high school students about the ills of communist governments.

Florida is home to tens of thousands of people who have fled communist governments, most notably Cubans who left after Fidel Castro took power on the island in 1959. November 7 is the day in 1917 that Russia’s Bolshevik revolution installed a communist government there.

The House Secondary Education and Career Development Subcommittee approved the bill Thursday by unanimous vote. It has two more House committee stops, and a similar measure awaits in the Senate.

The Republican rep. David Borrero, one of the main sponsors, said that the day of communist sacrifice is an important memory for those who suffered under these governments and that it is necessary to teach students about its realities in order for them to understand it.

“What we want to do is teach communism as it really is,” Borrero said. “Communism fails every single time, and that’s what students need to learn.”

Teaching would begin in the school year 2023-2024 for students enrolled in a course in the U.S. government. The bill requires at least 45 minutes of teaching about communist victims on the day of recognition.

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