(TALLAHASSEE, FLA) — A federal judge is temporarily blocking Florida’s “Stop-Woke” law – real name is: Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees Act.
Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued a 44-page decision on Thursday slamming the new state law that restricts workplace training about privileged people being “inherently racist.”
He also granted a temporary injunction on the grounds that the “Stop-Woke” law violates the First Amendment.
The law, which has become known as the “Stop WOKE Act,” prohibits workplace training or school instruction that teaches that individuals are “inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously”; that people are privileged or oppressed based on race, gender, or national origin; or that a person “bears personal responsibility for and must feel guilt, anguish, or other forms of psychological distress” over actions committed in the past by members of the same race, gender, or national origin. The law says such trainings or lessons amount to discrimination.
“No one should be instructed to feel as if they are not equal or shamed because of their race,” according to Governor Ron DeSantis.
The group of businesses who sued the state called the ruling a “major victory for free speech.” Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to appeal.