Tallahassee, FL - Today on the Senate floor, the "Stop Woke Act," made its final stop in the Florida Senate where colorful debate sparked. However, nobody bashed the legislation as deeply as State Senator Annette Taddeo (D-40), where she said this bill is, "not what our state needs," and compared the bill to the Holocaust.
The bill, which has the support of Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) intends to, "give businesses, employees, children and families tools to fight back against woke indoctrination." However, not everybody is on board with this bill that has been characterized as, "the strongest legislation of its kind in the nation."
Senator Taddeo put out a statement, "Florida desperately needs leadership. This bill is not what our state needs, what we need is leadership and courage to stand up against these outrageous bills meant to appease an extremist base. We need to stand up for the right side of history."
Florida, which has been referred to as the "Freest State in the Nation," under the DeSantis Administration, was also mentioned in Taddeo's remarks, making a caricature of the slogan, "The 'Freest State in the Nation' is now so free that we’re censoring discussions concerning race in schools and the workplace. As a small business owner, I have pointed out the many ways this bill will make our state less competitive for corporations looking to do work here. And as a mother with a daughter in public school, I am scared that our children won’t be learning factual history because we know that those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it."
Today on the Senate floor, Taddeo cited her personal experiences coming to the United States where she, "experienced plenty of racism." The Senator touched on how history repeats itself and paralleled the "Stop Woke Act," with the Holocaust and lynchings.
"Let's do the right thing. Let's do the right thing, like those that we want to celebrate. They stood up to the lynchings, they stood up to Hitler, at great costs to themselves, because it was the right thing to do. Today the right thing to do is to press, 'No,' because as a state, I know we've come a long way, but boy does this prove we have a long way to go," said Senator Taddeo regarding the "Stop Woke Act."