In Arizona, legislators recently hurled a curveball at public schools by adopting measures that require students to learn about the various ills associated with communism. State legislators successfully passed House Bill 2898, which may result in mandated civics education requirements in public schools. As part of these requirements, students will learn about the dangers of Marxism and the advantages of Democracy.
This measure would also require for the public school curriculum in Arizona to include verbal testimonies from individuals who have previously fled from communist nations. According to Representative Judy Burges (R-AZ), the new laws will also provide a means of holding a comparative discussion of how political belief systems, including totalitarianism and communism, ultimately “conflict with the principles of freedom and democracy.”
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Representative Daniel Hernandez (D-AZ), on the other hand, opposed the bill, insisting that white supremacy poses a much larger threat to the United States than the political ideology of communism.
However, Representative Quang Nguyen (R-AZ), who fled from communist Vietnam, challenged Hernandez’s statement. Nguyen noted that white supremacy has not “[drowned] 250,000 Vietnamese in the South China Sea” or “[executed] 86,000 South Vietnamese at the fall of Saigon,” though communists were responsible for such atrocities.
Moreover, Nguyen also added that “white nationalism” did not put him in the United States, though “communism did.” For this reason, Nguyen urged colleagues that the clear and present dangers associated with communism and socialism should not be taken lightly.
Nguyen remarked that he lost a significant percentage of his family due to communism, which is why “we’ll lose this country” if people don’t stand up to teach the perils of communism to America’s youth.
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Arizona’s legislation comes just a few days after GOP Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a similarly-minded executive order, which requires for students to learn about the dangers of communist ideologies.
DeSantis noted that individuals have been willing to “flee across shark infested waters, say leaving from Cuba, to come to southern Florida” in order to escape communism, questioning, “Why would people leave these countries and risk their [lives] in order to come [to the United States]?”
DeSantis added, “it’s important that students understand that.”
In Arizona, House Bill 2898 is now heading to the Arizona Senate for further consideration.