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NAACP’s Travel Advisory: Florida Now Hostile to Black Americans

May 22, 2023 | By Kali Girl

According to CBS, the NAACP issued a travel advisory for Florida in response to what it describes as Governor Ron DeSantis‘ aggressive policies. To quote them directly his efforts are described as “aggressive attempts to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools.”

“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,” NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson said. “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.”

“Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals,” the NAACP travel notice states. “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.” 

Tourism is a massive industry in Florida. Around 137.6 million people visited the state in 2022, according to tourism agency Visit Florida. Visitors contributed $101.9 billion to the state’s economy and supported more than 1.7 million jobs in 2021.

The NAACP’s advisory urges travelers to exercise caution when visiting the state, highlighting concerns about the potential impact of these policies on various communities.

Recently, DeSantis was also in the news for his public support of Daniel Penny who was charged with manslaughter following the fatal chokehold of Jordan Neely on a NY subway.

Newsweek reports, opinions on Penny’s actions vary widely: some view him as a “Good Samaritan,” while others perceive his response as excessively forceful as Penny is white and Neely was black.  In public display of support DeSantis tweeted, “We must stop the Left’s pro-criminal agenda and take back the streets for law abiding citizens. We stand with Good Samaritans like Daniel Penny. Let’s show this Marine… America’s got his back.”

On May 12, 2023, Penny was charged with second degree manslaughter over the chokehold death of Jordan Neely. Penny, who may face trial, is now backed by a fundraising campaign initiated by his legal team. The efforts gained momentum when Ron DeSantis, the Florida Governor and potential future presidential candidate, shared a link to the fundraiser site late Friday night, reaching his 1.7 million Twitter followers.

Jordan Neely was laid to rest on Friday, May 19, 2023, in Harlem, NY.

It is expected that DeSantis will announce his presidential campaign soon.

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