Ariz. House passes bill requiring school curriculum to include stories of people who have fled communism

Rep. Quang Nguyen (R-Ariz.) concentrates on his computer during a vote at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Rep. Quang Nguyen (R-Ariz.) concentrates on his computer during a vote at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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UPDATED 1:13 PM PT – Monday, June 28, 2021

Arizona has adopted measures to educate students on the ills of communism. Lawmakers passed House Bill 2898 on Friday, which could mandate a new civics education requirement intended to highlight both the benefits of Democracy and the perils of Marxist ideology.

The measure would require Arizona public school curriculum to include oral stories from people who have fled communist countries. Rep. Judy Burges (R-Ariz.) said the legislation would provide a comparative discussion of political ideologies, such as communism and totalitarianism, and how they “conflict with the principles of freedom and Democracy.”

However, Rep. Daniel Hernandez (D-Ariz.) argued against the bill by claiming that supposed white nationalism upholds a bigger threat to the U.S. than communism. Rep. Quang Nguyen (R-Ariz.), who fled communism in Vietnam, took exception to Hernandez’s statement.

“White nationalism didn’t drown 250,000 Vietnamese in the South China Sea. Communists did,” he asserted. “White nationalism did not execute 86,000 South Vietnamese at the fall of Saigon. Communists did. White nationalism did not put me here. Communism did.”

Nguyen went on to remind his colleagues the dangers socialism and communism pose to America are not to be taken lightly.

“I lost most of my cousins, my family members due to communism,” he expressed. “If we don’t stand up to teach communism to our children, we’ll lose this country.”

This comes days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed an executive order that similarly requires students be taught the evils of communism.

“Why would somebody flee across shark infested waters, say leaving from Cuba, to come to southern Florida?” he questioned. “Why would people leave these countries and risk their life to be able to come here? It’s important that students understand that.”

The legislation now heads to the Arizona Senate for consideration.

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