From Wikipedia: Woke (/ˈwoʊk/ WOHK) is an adjective derived from African-American Vernacular English meaning “alert to racial prejudice and discrimination”. Beginning in the 2010s, it came to encompass a broader awareness of social inequalities such as sexism, and has also been used as shorthand for American Left ideas involving identity politics and social justice, such as the notion of white privilege and slavery reparations for African Americans.
Governnor Ron DeSantis has carried the anti-WOKE crusade into Florida’s classrooms by introducing the “Stop WOKE” bill in 2022. The bill seeks to block the teaching of an Advanced Placement course on African American history in Florida high schools. Before I touch on both sides of this issue, allow me to clarify one point: Advance Placement courses are college level courses taught to high school juniors and seniors for college credit. The students in those classes are young adults, equipped with plenty of healthy skepticism, and well on their way in life already. They are not impressionable children who might easily be brainwashed by some radical ideology. Furthermore, the very core of an Advanced Placement course is balance and objectivity, not extremism.
Not knowing Governor DeSantis personally, it is presumptuous of me to speak for him, but I will try. He has small children, and they are white. Presumably, he does not want the education system teaching his children that they have anything to be ashamed of owing to their whiteness. I can understand and sympathize with that concern. Furthermore, I think we can all agree that we do not want Angela Davis or any other extremist teaching only one biased side of African American history. We want, as I said, objective and balanced teachers delivering that course material.
However, Ron, if you attempt to white-wash or sanitize history, you are beginning to look like some of the reprehensible despots of our past.
We do not want to shield our best and brightest from the facts.
Proposed: Let’s wake up and start using our heads for something other than a hat rack!