NAACP issues travel warning to Florida

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Back on May 20th, 2023, the NAACP Board of Directors issued a formal travel advisory in response to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ policies towards reducing education of African American history in the state of Florida, which the NAACP calls "DeSantis’ aggressive attempts to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools."

“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.” Says a portion of the travel advisory.

"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 Derrick Johnson, the President of the NAACP, “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."

Another minority rights organization issued a travel warning a few days ago too. This group is the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC for short, which is the nation’s largest and oldest Latino civil rights group.

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