The Florida Senate on Thursday passed a bill that will limit race-related discussions in classrooms and workplaces, delivering a victory for Republicans in the state who have backed legislation to oppose the critical race theory in schools.
Known as the Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees Act, or the Stop WOKE Act, the invoice prohibits certain concepts about race from being discussed or taught.
A section of the bill reads: “A person should not be told that he should feel guilt, anguish or other forms of psychological distress for actions, in which he has not played no role, committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.”
The bill, which passed the Florida House last month, is now heading to Governor Ron DeSantis’ office for signing. DeSantis announced the bill in Decembertouting it as the “strongest legislation of its kind in the country” and saying it will “tackle both corporate awakening and critical race theory”.
“In Florida, we take a stand against state-sanctioned racism which is a critical theory of race,” DeSantis said. “We will not allow Florida taxpayers’ money to be spent on teaching children to hate our country or to hate themselves. We also have a responsibility to ensure that parents have the means to assert their rights when ‘It’s about enforcing state standards.”
The bill has been amended to include requirements on teaching black history and the ramifications of prejudice, racism and stereotyping.
Critics said critical race theory, a decades-old academic concept and legal framework that examines the history of racism in the United States and how it continues to affect the United States, is currently not taught in Florida schools. They also said that such bills could have a disincentive effect on education.
“We don’t have a CRT in our classrooms, but what it really does is silence students, monitor teachers, and create an environment where any conversation about race and culture seems irrelevant. “said State Representative Anna Eskamani. WTVJ.
The bill, which would take effect in July, passed days after another bill addressing LGBTQ discussions in schools was passed by the Florida legislature on Tuesday. Labeled by critics as “Don’t Say Gay” Billlegislation prohibits discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in primary classrooms.