Florida Gov. DeSantis introduces bill to ban critical race theory in schools, workplaces

Republican Ron DeSantis is once again wading into the ongoing cultural and political debate over critical race theory.

According to the New York Post, the Florida governor has announced a measure that would put an end to the divisive ideology being used in schools and workplaces.

Shooting down “state-sanctioned racism”

Opponents of critical race theory contend it teaches that white Americans are the inherent beneficiaries of systematic racism and essentially argues that minorities should receive preferential treatment under the law.

Playing on the so-called woke culture embraced by some on the far-left, DeSantis titled his proposed bill the Stop WOKE Act — the acronym stands for Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees.

In a statement touting the act, DeSantis described critical race theory as “state-sanctioned racism,” declaring that it will not have safe harbor in his state.

The bill would formally ban the ideology in schools while permitting parents to sue districts that pushed the agenda onto students.

It would similarly allow employees to take legal action over a “hostile work environment” caused by the “indoctrination.”

“An attempt to really delegitimize our history”

As progressive proponents of the ideology maintain that it is nowhere near as controversial as critics claim, a growing number of school districts and corporations are beginning to weave its tenets throughout all aspects of their routines.

DeSantis noted that Raytheon teaches its white employees to acknowledge their “privilege” and reject “equality” for “equity.”

Furthermore, he criticized a California elementary school for reportedly pushing third grade students to rank themselves according to their “power and privilege.”

Among the Democrats in the state who pushed back against the governor’s effort was state Sen. Shevrin Jones, who claimed that the entire debate is a “non-issue” because critical race theory “is not taught in K-12 schools or workplaces” in Florida. DeSantis vehemently disagreed, as he made clear at a rally to promote his proposed legislation.

“What you see now with the rise of this woke ideology is an attempt to really delegitimize our history and to delegitimize our institutions and I view the wokeness as a form of cultural Marxism,” he said, according to ABC News. “They really want to tear at the fabric of our society.”

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