‘Stop WOKE Act’ clears House vote; would ban schools and businesses from implementing Critical Race Theory

by | Feb 24, 2022


 

The Florida House on Thursday voted in approval of the ‘Stop WOKE Act,’ a measure pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis as combating “woke” teachings in schools. The bill, which has been heavily maligned by House Democrats, bans schools and businesses from teaching or training that an individual is “inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.

House Bill 7 (HB 7), The ‘Stop Wrong Against Our Kids and Employees Act,’ stylized as “Stop WOKE Act,” would prevent state funding from going to public schools that enact a CRT learning plan, also preventing staff from being subject to what DeSantis called ‘anti-racist therapy.’ DeSantis additionally took aim at corporate America, condemning conglomerates like Bank of America and Google for implementing company-wide trainings targeting racial equity amid racial justice protests in 2020. T

“I think what you see now with the rise of this ‘woke’ ideology is an attempt to really delegitimize our history and delegitimize our institutions,” said DeSantis. “They want to tear the fabric of our society, and our culture, and a lot of things we’ve taken for granted, like the ability of parents to raise their children.”

The ‘Stop WOKE Act’  passed the House along party lines, 74-41.

The bill would also grant parents the ability to legally challenge Critical Race Theory (CRT) teachings in schools while being reimbursed by the state for attorney fees throughout the process.

“We are going to be including in this legislation giving parents a private right of action to be able to enforce the prohibition on CRT, and they get to recover attorney’s fees when they prevail, which is very important,” DeSantis said. “A lot of times these people will fear lawsuits more than a fine from the State Department of Education.”

Supporters said the measure would ensure that children and employees aren’t made to feel guilty for historical events they weren’t personally involved in and that all races are viewed equally. Detractors, like Rep. Angela Nixon, claim that the passage of HB 7 could prove to be imposing on teachers, further straining the ongoing teacher shortage the state is facing.

“Many of us know that teachers in our local schools do their best to ensure our children thrive. They’ve been on the front lines of the pandemic showing that they’ll do all they can to keep our kids healthy and safe,” said Nixon. “Sadly, Ron DeSantis and Republicans want to convince us that somehow our schools, full of teachers that care and want the best for our kids, are actually factories programming students to be racist. Once again, our children are being used to play divisive political games that appeal to his far-right extremist base.”

The bill’s passage through the House brings it one step closer to being signed into law. A companion bill, Senate Bill 148, has passed the Senate Education Committee and awaits a Senate floor vote.

6 Comments

  1. Chris

    The sad thing is, none of these ‘lawmakers” have a clue what CRT actually is. They’re just a pack of talking heads telling you what you should think. People, get a hold of CRT lit and READ IT. Once you read and understand what it is, THEN make a decision. Don’t listen to lying government officials no matter what side of the aisle they are on.

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    • theunvanquishedtruth

      Obviously, neither do you! CRT was developed more than 40 years ago, if it was so essential why wasn’t it implemented then?This program says that black kids can never get ahead because they are black and infers that all white kids are the descendants of slave owners. Indigenous people were ALSO enslaved across all of the Americas and the Caribbean. An entire tribe was wiped out by the Spanish in Puerto Rico! Apparently you don’t worry about that!

      People are enslaved right now across the globe. Africans have always enslaved other Africans and are doing it right now in its diamond mines, rare earth mines, businesses and armies! Or you unaware of the young girls abducted to be forced into marriage or other forms of slavery? Or the young boys enslaved by soldiers? Do you even know that SLAVERY RIGHT NOW IS A $41 BILLION+ INDUSTRY ACROSS THE GLOBE?

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      • Chris

        Hon, apparently you know nothing about what CRT is. And if you think slavery is OK because it happened and still happens, are you OK to be enslaved too?

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  2. Anonymous

    This bill is riddled with issues. Most of the bill reads as nationalism indoctrination, along with requiring a strict teaching of abstinence. I feel like this bill is taking us back to the 1950’s.

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    • Chris

      “Abstinence only” education (AOE) leads to millions of unwanted teen pregnancies. It has always been a failure, but with AOE, banning birth control and abortions, Republicans are trying to turn American females into broodmares for what Republicans see as cheap labor and disposable soldiers. Mark my words.

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  3. bee

    Time to get those sue forms ready to go.

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