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NAACP Travel Alert Signals ‘Open Hostility’ in Florida for Black Americans

NAACP Travel Alert Signals ‘Open Hostility’ in Florida for Black Americans

( – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.) on Saturday issued a travel warning for Florida to African Americans.

The warning was sent on Saturday and “comes in direct response to Governor Ron DeSantis’ [R-FL] aggressive attempts to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools.”

According to the group, black visitors to the Sunshine State are advised to be on the lookout for “open hostility” directed at persons of color.

The group said DeSantis had signed multiple “anti-civil rights” laws into law in the letter. The Stop W.O.K.E. Act, which forbids instructors from introducing critical race theory in K–12 classrooms, was signed by the governor of Florida.

Additionally, it would outlaw the hiring of instructors in critical race theory by colleges and schools. DeSantis also prohibited teaching an A.P. African American Studies course in public schools.

The governor stated that while he was not against schools educating about black history, he did not want them to promote an ideology or enforce “some rote talking points” on “political skirmishes of the day.”

“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,” declared Derrick Johnson, president, and chief executive officer of the N.A.A.C.P.

He went on saying:

“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 Constitutional Carry Law, which permits citizens to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, was another point made by N.A.A.C.P. The law will become operative on July 1. Greg Jackson, executive director of Community Justice Action Fund, stated that this law “disproportionately endangers vulnerable Black and Brown communities.”

N.A.A.C.P. also pointed to the Constitutional Carry Law, which allows people to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. The law will go into effect on July 1. 

Community Justice Action Fund Executive Director Greg Jackson said this law “disproportionately endangers vulnerable Black and Brown communities.”

The League of United Latin American Citizens (L.U.L.A.C.) also issued a travel warning owing to the signing of a new immigration bill, which was followed by the N.A.A.C.P.

When state N.A.A.C.P. leadership first proposed issuing a travel warning to the state, it was first discussed in March. It was a joke, according to DeSantis.

“This is a ruse to attempt to achieve that. It’s just a stunt, and that’s okay if you want to waste your time on one,” added DeSantis. “I’m not spending my time watching your shenanigans, though.”

After hearing about the travel warning, many others have defended DeSantis, including the black comedy twins Keith and Kevin Hodge.

The N.A.A.C.P. issued a travel warning to Missouri concerning a statute that makes it more challenging for employees to demonstrate that their protected class contributed to their discrimination for the first time in June 2017.

The state’s tourist department estimates that tourism will contribute $101.9 billion to the state’s economy in 2021.

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