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US judge blocks part of law that bans teaching key racial theory

A federal judge in Florida (USA) this Thursday blocked part of a controversial state law that bans the teaching of important race theory in public higher education, following a lawsuit filed by a multiracial group of university professors and a student. Puts

Plaintiffs allege that this Florida law (HB 7), signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis, “severely restricts teachers and students” in this state from “learning about and speaking about issues related to race and gender.” “.

“This is a huge victory for all who value academic freedom and recognize the value of inclusive education,” Emerson Sykes, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, said in a statement. Court.

Sykes referred to the United States’ First Amendment and how it “protects our right to share information and ideas widely,” including the right for teachers and students to “learn, discuss, and debate systemic racism and sexism.” includes the right to do so.”

The lawsuit argues that this law, which has been dubbed a personal liberty but known colloquially as “Stop Making Mistakes for Our Children and Employees (WOKE),” applies to teachers and students of higher education. violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments on the basis of “banning”. See they are vague and discriminatory”.

The complaint, supported by the Legal Defense Fund (LDF), further argues that the law violates the Equal Protection Clause because it was enacted “for racially discriminatory purposes,” the ACLU explained.

“We are pleased with the court’s decision to stop this discriminatory law from harming Florida higher education students and faculty, and the state at large,” said LDF attorney Moranike Fajana.

In this context of perceived discrimination, “Black, dark-skinned, and LGBTQ+ youth experience systemic discrimination in their daily lives and should not be barred from open dialogue with professors who have worked to examine these issues.” and often, they have had similar experiences,” Fajana said.

The order, signed by Judge Mark E. Walker, concluded that the law “officially prohibits professors from expressing adverse views in college classrooms, while allowing unrestricted expression of opposing views (…) It is positively dystopian. It goes without saying that ‘(if) freedom means anything, it means the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear.’

The preliminary injunction would immediately block the state from enforcing the law at institutions of higher education in Florida.

Although Florida’s elementary and middle schools keep this law active in the classroom, the legislation was signed into law in April this year by Republican DeSantis, who was re-elected as governor in the recent midterm elections and as a potential candidate. Looks strong. White House in 2024.

The rule prohibits teachers from addressing gender identity and sexual orientation in classrooms between kindergarten and third grade, and requires both issues to be addressed in an “age-appropriate” manner in higher grades.

Ultimately, the regulation seeks to prevent white people from feeling “uncomfortable”, “guilt” or “upset” when issues of racism or discrimination are discussed in schools or companies.

In its text, the law says it is discriminatory to compel any person to receive any type of education or training that “makes them feel guilty” on the basis of their “race, colour, sex or origin”.

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