“Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees (W.O.K.E.) Act” was signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in December 2021. The act equips businesses, employees, children, and families with the means to combat radical indoctrination.
The office of DeSantis issued a statement at the time stating, “The Stop W.O.K.E. Act will be the strongest legislation of its kind in the nation and will take on both corporate wokeness and Critical Race Theory. Today’s proposal builds on actions Governor DeSantis has already taken to ban Critical Race Theory and the New York Times’ 1619 project in Florida’s schools.”
Governor Ron DeSantis stated, “In Florida we are taking a stand against the state-sanctioned racism that is critical race theory.”
“We won’t allow Florida tax dollars to be spent teaching kids to hate our country or to hate each other. We also have a responsibility to ensure that parents have the means to vindicate their rights when it comes to enforcing state standards.
Finally, we must protect Florida workers against the hostile work environment that is created when large corporations force their employees to endure CRT-inspired ‘training’ and indoctrination.”
A Florida judge delayed and barred the “Stop WOKE” bill on Thursday, citing its unconstitutionality.
In a 44-page order, a federal district judge in Tallahassee determined that the “Stop Woke” statute violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments’ safeguards for free expression and due process.
According to the judge, “Normally, the First Amendment bars the state from burdening speech, while private actors may burden speech freely.”
“But in Florida, the First Amendment apparently bars private actors from burdening speech, while the state may burden speech freely.”
ADN America reported that “the “anti-woke” legislation, passed earlier this year by Florida’s legislature and backed by DeSantis, expands the state’s anti-discrimination laws by prohibiting teachings or practices that contend that members of one ethnic group are inherently racist and should feel guilty for the actions their ancestors committed.”
Additionally, it claims that a person’s status as “privileged” or “oppressed” is not determined by race, gender, or national origin.
“We won’t allow Florida tax dollars to be spent teaching kids to hate our country or to hate each other,” DeSantis said in December when he announced the law. “We also have a responsibility to ensure that parents have the means to vindicate their rights when it comes to enforcing state standards. Finally, we must protect Florida workers against the hostile work environment that is created when large corporations force their employees to endure Critical Race Theory-inspired ‘training’ and indoctrination.”
“Walker, however, said that the law bars free speech by prohibiting businesses to discuss certain topics in training programs,” ADN continued.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“If Florida truly believes we live in a post-racial society, then let it make its case,” judge walker wrote. “But it cannot win the argument by muzzling its opponents.”
This week’s ruling came as part of one of the three lawsuits challenging the Stop Woke act. The lawsuit was filed by private entities claiming that their free speech rights are violated because the law infringes on company training programs that focus on diversity and inclusion. CONTINUE READING…