First, you can tell how “newsy” this piece from VICE News is going to be by the headline, which claims that you can’t say “gay” in Florida public schools. It’s one level to call the Parental Rights in Education bill the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, but it’s another entirely to report that you can’t say the word “gay.” VICE seems to have a bug up its butt about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declaring Nov. 7 Victims of Communism Day.

Part of the deal is that high school students — not kindergarteners — are required to learn about the atrocities committed by Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Fidel Castro, Vladimir Lenin, Pol Pot, and Nicholas Maduro.

But they do.

Nice of VICE to put “victims of communism” in scare quotes. We guess that bit of history is still up for interpretation?

Paul Blest writes:

Acknowledging that queer people exist and have human relationships? Bad. Nuanced conversations about America and race in school and the workplace? Also bad. Nearly hour-long nakedly political lessons on the “victims of communism”? Good—and mandatory, if you’re a public school in Florida.

“While it’s fashionable in some circles to whitewash the history of communism, Florida will stand for truth and remain as a beachhead for freedom,” said DeSantis, who signed a bill last year eliminating drivers’ liability for hitting protesters with their cars, and in 2019 signed a bill restricting the right of former felony offenders to vote less than a year after voters overwhelmingly approved it as a constitutional amendment.

Dang, they’re still mad that DeSantis freed you from liability if rioters were attacking you in your car. Cope.

We read the whole piece but Blest never even tried to make the case for communism. Trashing it still makes him mad, though.

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