A judge has temporarily blocked part of the Stop-WOKE Act, a Florida law restricting Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools and businesses and allowing individuals to sue for failing to meet race standards. state, due to First Amendment concerns, according to court documents.
The legislation banned CRT in schools, prohibited schools from hiring CRT consultants, and prohibited schools and businesses from blaming or blaming students or employees based on their race and gender, targeting concepts like white privilege. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker challenged the law’s restrictions on private businesses and imposed a temporary injunction against the latter provisions while a legal challenge brought by Florida corporations unfolds.
BREAKING: We are suing Florida for the Stop WOKE Act, which severely restricts discussions of race and gender in college and university classrooms.
It’s simple: this unconstitutional law on censorship will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression in higher education.
– ACLU (@ACLU) August 18, 2022
“If Florida truly believes we live in a post-racial society, then let her make her case,” Judge wrote. “But he can’t win the argument by muzzling his opponents. Because, without justification, the [bill] attacks ideas, not conduct, [the businesses] are substantially likely to succeed on the merits of this lawsuit.
Several Florida-based companies have sued Florida law, which they say violates their freedom of speech and prevents them from discussing important issues with their employees. The judge in the case sided with those companies in a lengthy ruling suggesting the First Amendment was under threat in Florida.
DeSantis defended the bill as a way to stop schools from teaching students to view America as evil and to prevent companies from indoctrinating their employees.
“Finally, we must protect Florida workers from the hostile work environment created when big corporations force their employees to undergo CRT-inspired ‘training’ and indoctrination,” DeSantis said when introducing the bill. in December.
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