The judge blocked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s Law Bans “Wake Up” Education

A federal judge in Florida on Thursday blocked a law pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis that prohibits certain race-based conversations and analysis at colleges.

Tallahassee US District Judge Mark Walker issued a temporary injunction against the so-called “Stop Woke” Act in a ruling that called the law “positively dystopian”.

The law prohibits teaching or business practices that antagonize members of an ethnic group who are inherently racist and must feel guilt for past actions by others. It also prevents the assumption that a person’s privileged or oppressed status is necessarily determined by their race or gender, or that discrimination is acceptable in order to achieve diversity.

Walker wrote, “Our professors are vital to a healthy democracy, and the decision of the State of Florida to select which viewpoints deserve the spotlight and which should remain in the shadows has implications for all of us.” “If our ‘priests of democracy’ are not allowed to shine a light on challenging ideas, democracy will die in darkness.”

The ruling is at least a temporary setback to counter the powerful Republican governor’s agenda, which he describes as the “awake ideology” of liberals and critical race theory, about America’s history through the lens of racism. There is a way of thinking. DeSantis won landslide re-election This month after a campaign for a second term that focused heavily on cultural issues.

The governor has often said that rulings blocking his legislative preferences can be overturned by appeals courts in Florida which are generally more conservative. A spokesman for DeSantis said he would appeal the decision.

“The Stop Voke Act protects the open exchange of ideas by prohibiting teachers or employers from imposing discriminatory concepts on students as part of classroom instruction or imposing discriminatory concepts on employees as a condition of maintaining employment.” prevent enforcement,” said Brian Griffin, DeSantis press secretary.

In his long reign, Walker quoted from George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984”, writing, “‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks struck thirteen,’ and the powers that be in charge of Florida’s public university system Declared that the state has unlimited right to silence its professors in the name of ‘freedom’.

Judge Walker released in August uniform decision on legislation that prevented it from being effective in businesses. The law is also subject to another legal challenge from a group of K-12 teachers and a student.

The governor began pushing for legislation late last year and the Republican-controlled Legislature passed it during the 2022 legislative session.

DeSantis said, “What you see now with the rise of this awakening ideology is really an attempt to delegitimize our history and to delegitimize our institutions and I view the awakening as cultural Marxism.” “They really want to tear apart the fabric of our society.”

Critical race theory was developed during the 1970s and 1980s in response to what scholars saw as a lack of racial progress following the civil rights legislation of the 1960s. It centers on the idea that racism is systemic in the nation’s institutions and that they serve to maintain the dominance of white people in society.

Conservatives reject critical race theory, arguing that the philosophy racially divides American society and aims to rewrite history so that white people believe they are inherently racist. .

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