This week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced new legislation aimed at fighting critical race theory in Sunshine State schools.
The “Stop W.O.K.E.” Act (Stop Wrongs Against Our Kids and Employees) would codify executive orders he has already issued.
The governor said he and Florida lawmakers are “taking a stand against critical race theory in our schools and in the workplace by calling for the enactment of the Stop W.O.K.E. Act.”
“Our legislation will defund any money for K-12 or higher ed going to CRT consultants,” he said. “We’re also not going to allow the staff or employees or teachers in our education system to be subjected to that type of training where they’re forced to sit there and listen.”
In addition to banning schools from teaching critical race theory in K-12 schools, it would also empower parents to sue if they believed their children were receiving instruction from the perspective of CRT.
Characterizing “wokeness” as a “form of cultural Marxism,” DeSantis said the ideology “is an attempt to really delegitimize our history and delegitimize our institutions,” The Blaze reported.
He pointed to efforts to remove statues of figures like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, as well as several examples of critical race theory cropping up in schools or private businesses.
The Arizona Department of Education’s “equity toolkit,” in one example, posited that babies can display signs of racism as young as three months old, while Santa Clara County, California’s Office of Education told teachers that the United States is a white colonial regime and “parasitic system.”
Meanwhile, in the corporate world, companies such as the Bank of America has disseminated similar statements characterizing the United States as a system of “white supremacy,” as DeSantis noted. Other companies, such as Coca Cola and Walmart, have been criticized for employee training critics say demonizes “whiteness.”
DeSantis called the ideology “corporate-sanctioned racism.”
“This is something that’s significant, and they tried to act like it’s not happening. And you’ll have media who will say that this doesn’t happen even though we have all these examples. … So it is happening, and I think we have an ability to just draw a line in the sand and say that’s not the type of society that we want here in the state of Florida. We want people treated equally. We don’t want ideology,” DeSantis said.
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