The NAACP has issued a travel advisory for the state of Florida, cautioning Black Americans and other minorities about the state’s alleged hostility towards them. The advisory states that Florida is openly antagonistic towards African Americans, people of color (“POCs”), and LGBTQ+ individuals.
According to the NAACP’s letter, Florida has launched a comprehensive assault on the rights and well-being of Black Americans, voting rights, LGBTQ+ individuals, immigrants, women’s reproductive rights, and free speech.
“Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals,” the NAACP claims. “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.”
“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,” said NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson. “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.”
The letter continues to mischaracterize the legislation passed under Gov. DeSantis and attacks his character.
“Once again, hate-inspired state leaders have chosen to put politics over people. Governor Ron DeSantis and the state of Florida have engaged in a blatant war against principles of diversity and inclusion and rejected our shared identities to appeal to a dangerous, extremist minority,”said Chair of the NAACP Board of Directors, Leon Russell.”We will not not allow our rights and history to be held hostage for political grandstanding. The NAACP proudly fights against the malicious attacks in Florida, against Black Americans. I encourage my fellow Floridians to join in this fight to protect ourselves and our democracy.”
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson emphasized the importance of teaching an accurate representation of the challenges and inequalities faced by Black Americans, calling it a disservice to students and a dereliction of duty.
Critical Race Theory has become a staple of the radical left’s education agenda. Historians have blasted such works as the New York Times’ 1619 project for its shoddy and warped misrepresentation of American history.
“The New York Times’ 1619 Project entered a new phase of historical assessment when the paper published a scathing criticism by five well-known historians of the American Revolution and Civil War eras. The group included previous critics James McPherson, Gordon Wood, Victoria Bynum, and James Oakes, along with a new signature from Sean Wilentz,” the American Institute for Economic Research noted. “The newspaper’s editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein then responded with a point-by-point rebuttal of the historians, defending the project.”
Multiple states have banned radicalized education agendas (Florida, Idaho, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and North Dakota, e.g.) that teach a racially accusatory version of history, including those that teach “white privilege” and “implicit bias theory” (implying people can be racist whether they know it or not, and whether or not their actions are based on racism).
Governor DeSantis has effectively banned Critical Race Theory and other left-wing revisionist programs referring to them as “woke indoctrination.” In response to the travel advisory, Governor DeSantis’ press secretary, Jeremy Redfern, dismissed it as a “stunt” in an email to the Tallahassee Democrat.
The NAACP advisory follows a similar warning issued by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to Latinos in Florida, coinciding with the signing of legislation by DeSantis that cracks down on undocumented immigration.
LULAC President Domingo Garcia expressed concerns about the potential profiling of Latinos and harsh penalties for transporting undocumented individuals, urging caution when encountering law enforcement.
The NAACP’s travel advisory was initially proposed by the Florida State Conference in March, drawing a dismissive response from Governor DeSantis, who referred to it as a “joke” during a press conference and stated that he would not waste time on such stunts.
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