(PatriotWise.com)- Florida parents could soon be allowed to sue any schools that they found taught critical race theory in their classrooms.
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis last week announced a new bill that “will be the strongest legislation of its kind in the nation and will take on both corporate wokeness and Critical Race Theory.”
The bill, dubbed the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees Act — or the Stop WOKE Act — would give parents, students and employees a “private right of action.” It would apply to any workplace or school that created a “hostile work environment due to critical race theory training.”
If parents were to sue school districts under the Stop WOKE Act and won, they would be allowed to collect attorneys’ fees as well.
In a statement announcing the new legislation, DeSantis said:
“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.”
The governor even referred to Martin Luther King Jr. when he made his announcement, saying:
“You think about what MLK stood for. He said he didn’t want people judged on the color of their skin but on the content of their character. You listen to some of these people nowadays, they don’t talk about that.”
Critical race theory has been around for a few decades now, but is has become a target for many conservatives who don’t like that it’s being brought into the classrooms in recent years.
The basis of CRT is examining the history of racism in America and how it is continuing to affect the United States today.
Supporters of the theory say that Republicans have mischaracterized it as a theory that depicts Black people as victims, and attempts to make America’s white people feel guilty about what happened in the past, teaching students in the process to hate America.
One of the founders of critical race theory, Kimberle Crenshaw, claims that’s not what it’s about. She recently told CNN:
“Critical race theory is a practice. It’s an approach to grappling with a history of white supremacy that rejects the belief that what’s in the past is in the past and that the laws and systems that grow from that past are detached from it.”
The concern for many conservatives such as DeSantis is that CRT is being taught to students, which influences the way they think about the country in a very negative way. He cited many “national examples of Critical Race Theory” being taught in schools when he made his announced.
Back in June, the state Board of Education in Florida was proactive in banning CRT from being taught in classrooms in the state. The Stop WOKE Act is another step in that direction, ensuring that if it is taught, parents, students and employees can take civil action against the school in a court of law.