Documentarian Ken Burns says DeSantis bills are like ‘Soviet system’

March 08, 2023

Documentarian Ken Burns on Tuesday said the bills that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is advocating for resemble the “Soviet system” in deciding what students are allowed to be taught in a classroom. “All of these bills that DeSantis and others are doing limit our ability to understand who we are, and they are not inclusive — they are exclusive. It feels like a Soviet system or the way the Nazis would build a Potemkin village,” he said. He said DeSantis and others are reacting to issues that challenge the idea of a “neat, tidy, white picket fence” view of society.