The National Association on the Advancement of the Colored People (NAACP) released a warning to black people this week against traveling to Florida.
The warning was sent this week and is “being brought in direct reaction to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ [R-FL] bold efforts to wipe out Black history and to prohibit inclusion, equity, and diversity programs in Florida schools.” Black people visiting the Sunshine State are advised to be on the lookout for “open hostility” aimed at persons of color, according to the organization.
The organization stated that 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. In addition, it would outlaw the employment of lecturers in critical race theory by colleges and schools. Furthermore, DeSantis prohibited the teaching of an AP African American Studies class in public schools. The governor said that although he was not against schools educating about black history, he did not want them to promote an ideology or enforce “some repetitive talking points” on “political disputes of the day.”
“Let me be clear — failing to provide pupils with a true understanding of the horrific events and the inequalities that the Black Americans have endured and keep on dealing with is a disadvantage to students and a dereliction of responsibility to all,” said Derrick Johnson, the president, and chief executive officer of the NAACP. He went on:
“Under Governor Desantis’ direction, Florida has become antagonistic toward Black Americans and has strayed far from the democratic principles upon which our union was established. He ought to be aware that democracy will triumph because its supporters are willing to stand up and fight for it. We won’t give up and call on our allies to join us in the struggle for the very spirit of our country.
The Constitutional Carry Law, which permits citizens to carry a concealed handgun without a permit, was another argument made by NAACP. The legislation will become operative on July 1. Greg Jackson, executive director of Community Justice Action Fund, said that this legislation “disproportionately endangers the vulnerable Brown and Black communities.”
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) also issued a travel warning owing to the signing of a new immigration bill, which was followed by the NAACP.
When state NAACP leadership initially 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 spend your time on one, added DeSantis. I’m not spending my time watching your shenanigans, however.
Many others have defended DeSantis after hearing about the travel warning, including the black comedy twins Keith and Kevin Hodge.
The state’s tourist department estimates that tourism will contribute $101.9 billion to the state’s economy in 2021.