[Cross-posted from OC Daily]
The Anaheim High School Unified School District has directed a progressive student political club at Anaheim High School to stop describing itself as a “politburo” – a term inextricably linked to Communist atrocities world-wide and offensive to Southeast Asian immigrants who suffered at the hands of Communist regimes.
The ostensible mission of AnaheimBROS, an Anaheim High School student club, is combatting “negative stereotypes of young Latino men.” Practically speaking, they’re foot soldiers for progressive political candidates and causes in Anaheim – most recently walking precincts for leftist Democrat council candidate Jose F. Moreno in District 3, and recording anti-charter school videos for YouTube. Ryan Ruelas is their mentor and one of their faculty advisers; Ruelas teaches history, is a member of the California Teachers Association state council, serves on the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Education and is leader of progressive political activists in Anaheim.
The AnaheimBROS leaders also refer to themselves as “the Politburo” – as in “Yuri Andropov was the first member of the KGB to serve on the Politburo of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.”
Here are the BROS making a presentation at the California Teachers Association Summer Institute earlier this month (“politburo” circled in red by OC Daily):
According to any dictionary, a politburo is the executive committee and chief policy-making body of a Communist Party. It has no other context.
OC Daily contacted Ruelas and Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent Michael Matsuda via e-mail with several questions about the club’s use of the word “politburo”:
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