Biased Obama-Appointed Judge Blocks DeSantis’ ‘Stop Woke Act’ for Colleges, Calls Teachers ‘Priests’

A Federal Judge appointed by former Democratic president Barack Obama blocked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Stop Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees (W.O.K.E.) Act,” which would have further guidelines around instruction at public colleges.

The law prohibited professors from teaching that a person is “inherently” racist or sexist “whether consciously or unconsciously” due to his race or sex, that a person “bears personal responsibility for and must feel guilt” for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race, and that virtues like hard work, fairness, objectivity, and racial colorblindness are racist.

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DeSantis touted the law in December while announcing the bill.

“In Florida we are taking a stand against the state-sanctioned racism that is Critical Race Theory. We won’t allow Florida tax dollars to be spent teaching kids to hate our country or to hate each other.”

However, the U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Florida, Mark Walker, issued a temporary injunction against the act in no uncertain terms.

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The Judge relied on the fact that this bill would Prevent Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor from visiting and celebrating affirmative action as grounds to block it.

 

The Judge also called the bill “positively dystopian,” as it limits academic freedom by limiting what a teacher can instruct students on, as true in public universities.

The Judge goes so far as to call college professors “priests of democracy” in his argument.

This language has since been ridiculed by observers, arguing it betrays the true reasoning behind the decision.

 

The DeSantis teams have said they “strongly disagree” with the decision and plan to appeal the matter.

“This recent ruling included several victories for our legal team. We expect many more and ultimately to prevail in this litigation,” Bryan Griffin, press secretary for DeSantis’ office, said in a statement to The Daily Wire.

Griffin bucked against the idea that the bill limited academic freedom, arguing that banning racially essentialist teaching is necessary to protect the free discussion of ideas.

“The Stop W.O.K.E. Act protects the open exchange of ideas by prohibiting teachers or employers who hold agency over others from forcing discriminatory concepts on students as part of classroom instruction or on employees as a condition of maintaining employment. An ‘open-minded and critical’ environment necessitates that one is free from discrimination.”


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