On Saturday, the NAACP Board of Directors issued a travel warning for the state of Florida, advising Americans to stay away from it.
An “aggressive attempt to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools,” according to the Board, is what prompted the advisory. The governor, Ron DeSantis.
The formal notice from the group states, “Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color, and LGBTQ+ individuals. 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.”
ABC7 Eyewitness News confirms the news on their official Twitter account:
The NAACP has issued a travel advisory for the state of Florida, urging people to avoid the state. https://t.co/IOQj88WAru
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) May 21, 2023
“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 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,” NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson said.
Desantis restricted admission to a new Advanced Placement course on African American studies for high school students earlier this year.
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Similar warnings have also been made by other state-representing organizations for underrepresented groups, such as the LGBTQ civil rights organization and the Florida Immigrant Coalition.
Equality Florida says the advisory, issued Wednesday, was prompted by “the passage of laws that are hostile to the LGBTQ community, restrict access to reproductive health care, repeal gun safety laws, foment racial prejudice and attack public education by banning books and censoring curriculum.”
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