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OPINION: Louisiana is first in line to become “the next Florida”

Courtesy of Morry Gash
Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by FOX News Channel, Aug. 23, 2023, in Milwaukee. DeSantis says he got a $1 million cash bump after Wednesday night’s presidential debate. His campaign says that amount came in over the first 24 hours after DeSantis and seven other contenders met in Milwaukee.

“Make America Florida” is a new expression that has swept the nation as Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis has gained national attention in his run for the 2024 presidential election. DeSantis has come to stand for modern far-right ideals and has intentionally fueled Florida’s culture war.

DeSantis’ policies in Florida are strict, especially his laws regarding gender expression and education. The Floridian governor has greatly impacted school systems, infringing on students’ gender expression and controlling language used to teach historical race issues, specifically slavery. According to NPR, DeSantis signed a law which bans gender-affirming care for minors, restrictions on the discussion and use of “preferred pronouns” in schools and restrictions on using bathrooms that don’t match one’s assigned sex at birth. This law further led to unresolved rumblings of banning the popular AP psychology course due to the fact that the curriculum explores issues of gender and sexuality.

The Associated Press News reports that the public school curriculum is forced to become increasingly “anti-woke.” Woke ideologies pertain to the systemic inequalities in American society, such as racism and homophobia. Conversely, anti-woke ideologies push the notion that systemic social issues are not relevant enough to be taught in schools.

In July, the Department of Education passed new curriculum standards requiring middle school teachers to teach their students that enslaved people “developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit.”

Since 2000, Louisiana has consistently chosen Republican candidates in presidential primaries. DeSantis has become a dominating voice in culture wars, or the Anti-Civil Rights Movement era, and his message of anti-woke education seems to be resonating with Louisiana voters and representatives. In March of 2022, Louisiana representative Dodie Horton proposed a bill coined “Don’t Say Anything,” following Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Rep. Horton told Forbes. If enacted, the proposed bill would effectively silence all discussion of gender and sexuality in order to prevent the “indoctrination” of young children. This bill has been disguised to not appear to target the LGBTQ+ community. However, the word ‘indoctrination’ relates directly to the Republican idea that queer and specifically trans individuals are known to groom children; an accusation that is yet to be supported by fact.

In May of 2023, to much relief, the Louisiana’s democratic governor John Bel Edwards vetoed not only the “Don’t Say Anything” bill but also two others that targeted the LGBTQ+ community: one that would ban gender-affirming healthcare to minors and another that would restrict children from using preferred names and pronouns in school. Louisiana voters who support the LGBTQ+ community are fearful that existing protections may not prove permanent in the predominantly conservative voting state.

Additionally, Florida banned the discussion of critical race theory in public schools in June of 2021, with the language revolving around slavery officially changed in July of 2023. This past April, Louisiania Republican officials requested lawmakers to ban the study of racism at universities, claiming that the “inglorious aspects” of American history were too divisive, according to The bill was later killed in Congress.

In order to keep the fanatical “Florida man” and all his discrimination out of Louisiana, it is vital to vote inclusive representatives into office who accurately reflect the needs of everyone.
Furthermore, it is important to educate oneself on topics that are heavily under debate, such as critical race theory, gender-affirming care, and the realities and legacies of slavery, in order to remain open-minded and conscious of others’ experiences, even if our ‘representatives’ are not.

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Eloise Pickering
Eloise Pickering, Worldview Editor
Eloise Pickering is a current freshman and the Worldview editor. She is a mass communication major, and her favorite movie is Spotlight. When not doing homework or working at the Maroon, Eloise can often be found pondering philosophically in Audubon Park. She has often been dubbed “The Thinker.” Eloise can be reached at [email protected].

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    Willie Mae WilliamsSep 9, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    This was very knowledgeable!! Keep up the great work!!!

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    Kim BrownSep 9, 2023 at 9:52 am

    Keep that Racist Bullshit in Florida, R D. Thank you John 😊 Bel Edward. I’m Sorry that your limits 😔 is up, Louisiana don’t need a Racist governor.

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    Angry lesbian momSep 9, 2023 at 9:20 am

    He doesn’t redirect with this voters, who DOES live in Louisiana and who IS lesbian. I don’t agree with any of that shit.

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    MichaelSep 8, 2023 at 11:00 pm

    Can’t wait for Louisiana to become Florida. God willing the next election will do it.

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    CharlesSep 8, 2023 at 6:01 pm

    “In order to keep the fanatical “Florida man” and all his discrimination out of Louisiana, it is vital to vote inclusive representatives into office who accurately reflect the needs of everyone.”
    So you believe everyone should be publicly indoctrinated? As far as education is concerned, The “Woke Agenda” is a brainwashing at best. Gender-Affirming care is nothing more than body mutilation and medical malpractice. As for critical race theory is a modern day witch hunt. People do nothing more than look at a situation and scream it is unfair or difficult therefore it is racist. People no longer try to overcome difficulties and give up declaring racial agendas make reading, writing and arithmetic difficult. All these issues are why America is falling behind on the world stage.

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    Temple FugateSep 8, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    Your sentiments are noble, but ignore the reality of Louisiana’s ideological trend. Jeff Landry will most likely be our next governor (to our determent), and tRUMP, convicted or not will like get our electoral votes. Like Louisiana heat, our antebellum culture is a lurking presence that’s slow to change…

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    chris chubzSep 8, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    are you an idiot?

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    Willeane WilliamsSep 8, 2023 at 11:59 am

    John Bel Edwards I believe his name is got elected without my vote and reelected without my vote and if he could run again I would only vote for him to run HOME. I’m a black Bible believing conservative and I stand on the principles of God’s word. Bel Edwards is for everything that is wrong in this country along with of course his party.