Florida Passes the Stop W.O.K.E. Act

The fight against critical race theory notches another victory.

Today, the Florida state legislature passed the Stop W.O.K.E. Act, the strongest anti-critical race theory legislation in the nation.

The bill, which now heads to Governor DeSantis’ desk for signature, will strengthen state civil rights laws and prohibit schools, corporations, and government agencies from promoting race essentialism, collective guilt, and racial scapegoating in the classroom or the workplace.

I had the honor of working with Governor DeSantis and his team on the policy vision for the Stop W.O.K.E. Act and spoke with the governor at the launch event. DeSantis is the real deal: he has a substantive policy vision, has mastered the art of pushing back against false media narratives, and remains fearless in the face of the opposition.

Christopher F. Rufo is a writer, filmmaker, and senior fellow of Manhattan Institute. He has directed four documentaries for PBS and is currently a contributing editor of City Journal, where he covers critical race theory, homelessness, addiction, crime, and other afflictions.