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Florida



  • The Historical Roots of "Florida Man"

    by Julio Capó, Jr. and Tyler Gillespie

    The internet meme "Florida Man" signals a caricature of the presumed recklessness and ignorance of the state's population. But these stories have a long history of justifying colonialism and profiteering in the Sunshine State, and stand in the way of progress today. 



  • The Academic Freedom Crisis at the University of Florida

    An investigation documents the way that academic freedom has been subordinated to the presumed interests of the State of Florida (as aggressively determined by the administration of Governor Ron DeSantis). 



  • Anti-CRT Legislation at Fever Pitch in States

    Suzanne Nossel of PEN America argues that legislation that dictates what can be taught is at "the top of the pyramid" in terms of the broad array of threats to free speech on campuses. 



  • CRT Not What You've Been Told, Florida Professor Tells Public

    Michael Butler, author of two books on the civil rights struggle in Florida, told an audience that the controversy was being stoked to prevent constructive public debate by folding all historical discussion of racism into a "frightening, dangerous, scary" term. 



  • Florida Bill Echoes Anita Bryant's Antigay Crusade in the 1970s

    Historians Lillian Faderman, Hugh Ryan and Julio Capó, Jr. trace the links between the Christian entertainer's claims that gay teachers threatened children and the effort to portray them as "groomers" for child abuse today. Also, video of Bryant being hit with a pie.



  • Florida's Law Restricting LGBTQ Discussion Will Harm All Children

    by Marie-Amélie George

    The long history of bills restricting discussion of LGBTQ issues shows that these bills reinforce stigma and marginalize queer students and contribute to homophobic rhetoric and violence outside the school walls.