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Thu May 25, 2023, 05:27 PM

In Florida university classrooms, here's what students are 'free' not to learn

Gov. Ron DeSantis has created an army of “feeling police” who will function to purge our corporations and schools from discussion of systemic racial disparities.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and his government have enacted laws that outlaw a form of free speech. Among these laws are the Individual Freedom Act, also known as Florida’s Stop Woke Act (HB 7), and SB 266, which prohibits general college courses from “teaching theories that systemic racism, sexism, oppression and privilege are inherent in the institutions of the United States and were created to maintain social, political and economic inequities.” These laws can make it illegal to discuss why there are systematic racial disparities in birth rates, occupations, income, wealth, health and mortality.

Backers of the bills assert this form of speech is banned because it may cause a person to feel “guilt, anguish, or other forms of psychological distress.” Consequently, these laws will “free” Floridians from having to attend workshops or take classes that discuss the causes and consequences of systematic racial disparities.

The critical question then becomes, how will DeSantis enforce these laws? That is, how can you police free speech? Diabolically, these laws deputize individuals to inform the appropriate authorities if, for some arbitrary reason, they felt “guilt, anguish, or other forms of psychological distress” after being exposed to discussions about systemic racial disparities. As a result, these laws will create an army of collaborators/ informants/ sympathizers who will police our classrooms and corporations. In short, DeSantis has created an army of “feeling police” that will function to purge our corporations and schools from any discussion of systemic racial disparities.

In addition, these laws empower Florida’s government to punish corporations (for example, Disney) or schools that allegedly caused an individual to be “anguished.” These laws endow the government to fine corporations and to withhold support from Florida’s universities if they do not purge discussions of systemic racial disparities.

Thus, as a result of these laws, universities and corporations are now in continuous fear that an anguished “feeling police officer” is in their midst, an empowered sympathizer who will report them to the appropriate authorities for being politically incorrect. But, of course, this is Florida’s government intent. It will control free speech by creating fear within these institutions that a collaborator declares that she or he felt “anguished.” DeSantis wants everyone to be walking on eggshells waiting to be accused.

https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2023/05/25/florida-university-classrooms-heres-what-students-are-free-not-learn-column/

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thucythucy Thursday #1
Skittles Thursday #3
malthaussen Thursday #4
keithbvadu2 Thursday #2
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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu May 25, 2023, 05:35 PM

1. The backers say this is because some people feel "guilt" or "anguish"

when confronted with certain parts of our history or certain facts that make them "uncomfortable."

And yet they're the ones who call everyone else "snowflakes."

How can any of this possibly be constitutional?

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Response to thucythucy (Reply #1)

Thu May 25, 2023, 08:00 PM

3. THANK YOU

WTF IS GOING ON

they are WHITEWASHING HISTORY, they are GROOMING

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Response to thucythucy (Reply #1)

Thu May 25, 2023, 09:03 PM

4. It isn't, and will fall at the first legal challenge.

But until that challenge, and possibly also while it winds its way through the appeals process, many will suffer, which is the intent. And, of course, it makes Mr DeSantis look like a tough guy to his supporters.

-- Mal

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu May 25, 2023, 06:01 PM

2. DeSantis' own political commissars.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2023, 08:35 AM

5. Well then...

All Floridians should be filing suits as we speak about how these laws make them feel guilt and anguish. They create misinformation and false history and that makes one feel sick and scared and guilty and anguished. So, they need to charge DeSantis and the entire Assembly. Tie up the courts with this stupid shit. Tie up police with call after call about this stupid shit. Rub their faces in it. Daily.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon May 29, 2023, 10:21 AM

6. Surely some of this is headed to court.

These violations of free speech are so unconstitutional, you can hear the protests from the words on the page in the archives.

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