A global helium shortage has meant fans of Nebraska’s beloved Cornhuskers can’t release red balloons at home games any more—but the state’s deep-pocketed Gov. Pete Ricketts has floated a new crimson-tinged tradition: Victims of Communism Remembrance Month.
The 31-day memorial for the lives lost to the red peril was launched with Ricketts’ proclamation in July 2021. In a press conference marking the start of solemnities last year, the second-term Republican both contemplated the leftist political movement’s history, and the terror its 20th-century exponents wrought.
“Communism is derived from Karl Marx’s theories, and it’s about class warfare. And it pits people against each other, and ultimately the goal is everything is owned publicly and people are paid according to their needs and wants,” Ricketts said at the announcement. “When you take that theory and put it into practice, it has so many negative consequences.”