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Nov. 17, 2022, 8:10 PM

Judge Blocks ‘Dystopian’ Florida Ban on Teaching Race, Gender

Erik Larson
Erik Larson
Bloomberg News

Florida’s new law restricting how matters of race and gender can be taught in state universities was partially put on hold by a federal judge who opened his decision with a quote from George Orwell’s 1984: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

The law, championed by Governor Ron DeSantis as a way to “fight back against woke indoctrination,” likely violates the First Amendment and is “positively dystopian,” Chief US District Judge Mark E. Walker said in a ruling Thursday, granting a preliminary injunction sought by rights groups and academics.

Ron DeSantis
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