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What judges at the national level think about Florida’s ‘Stop Woke Act

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is thinking about what to do after a court said “no” to part of the state’s “Stop WOKE Act,” also known as the Individual Freedom Act. This law was one of many the governor signed in 2022, all part of his fight against what he calls “woke ideology.”

Recently, a court said that some parts of this law go against a company’s right to free speech. The governor’s office disagrees with this and thinks companies shouldn’t make employees learn that one race is better than another, as a condition for their job. They say the First Amendment doesn’t protect that, and Florida should be able to stop racially unfriendly workplaces. They’re looking at their options to appeal.

Back in August 2022, a judge said Florida can’t enforce parts of the law that stop mandatory workplace activities suggesting someone is privileged or oppressed based on their race, color, sex, or nationality. The judge said the law goes against the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Now, a group of judges has said the first judge’s decision is okay. They believe Florida is trying to control speech by calling it something else, but they think these ideas should be debated in public, not in court. The judge even compared Florida’s understanding of free speech to a weird place in a TV show called “Stranger Things.”

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