(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – Black Americans shouldn’t visit Florida because the GOP-run state is openly hostile to them, according to a “shock” travel advisory issued by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
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The official travel advisory published by the nonprofit’s national board of directors warns that black and LGBT people shouldn’t go to Florida due to the policies of its Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis.
“Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals,’ states the advisory issued on Saturday night by the civil rights group,” the NAACP says.
“Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African Americans and other communities of color,” the body elaborates, as cited by The Daily Mail.
The civil rights group insists that its advisory comes “in direct response” to DeSantis’s “aggressive attempts to erase black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools.”
The report points out that the GOP governor of the Sunshine State previously dismissed the proposal for an NAACP travel advisory against his state as a “joke.”
DeSantis is widely anticipated to announce his 2024 presidential campaign later this week officially.
The NAACP release comes after last week the Republican governor signed a law prohibiting state colleges and universities from paying money for “DEI” (“diversity, equity and inclusion”) programs.
“DEI is better viewed as standing for discrimination, exclusion, and indoctrination,” DeSantis declared during the signing ceremony on the campus of New College of Florida.
He has also supported a measure blocking the Advanced Placement African American studies course from Florida’s public schools, arguing the course “lacks educational value.”
Among other measures, the DeSantis administration and the GOP majorities in Florida’s legislature adopted the Parental Rights in Education Act last year, which bans teaching gender and sexuality topics through K3 education.
The law dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by mainstream media has sparked a massive conflict between DeSantis and entertainment giant Disney, leading the former to crack down on the latter’s special status and privileges in Florida.
The NAACP travel advisory reiterates leftist criticism, painting DeSantis’ measures as affecting freedom of speech and civil rights.
“Let me be clear – failing to teach an accurate representation of the horrors and inequalities that Black Americans have faced and continue to face is a disservice to students and a dereliction of duty to all,” NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson declared in a statement.
“Under the leadership of Governor DeSantis, the state of Florida has become hostile to Black Americans and in direct conflict with the democratic ideals that our union was founded upon,’ he argued.
“He should know that democracy will prevail because its defenders are prepared to stand up and fight. We’re not backing down, and we encourage our allies to join us in the battle for the soul of our nation,” Johnson concluded.