Columnist slams Orlando Magic for backing DeSantis in the GOP race — same Gov with policies that against black people


A columnist has slammed Orlando Magic for backing Governor DeSantis in the race for the Republican nomination in 2024 due to how the Governor has pushed policies against black Americans living in Florida.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.Photo byMatt Johnson / Flickr

An opinionist has strongly criticized the Orlando Magic for endorsing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the 2024 Republican nomination race and reportedly made a $50,000 contribution.

This comes in light of the Governor's recent advocacy for policies that appear detrimental to the well-being of African Americans and other people of color residing in Florida.

The columnist, Etan Thomas, wrote in The Guardian that supporting Governor DeSantis' presidential bid sends a clear message to their Black players, employees and fans.

The entity took a strong stance in the summer of 2020 when the U.S. was grappling with the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, the shooting of Jacob Blake, and numerous other instances of police brutality.

Orlando Magic was part of NBA key leaders who united to establish the Social Justice Coalition, aimed at addressing a range of concerns that were highlighted during protests that took place across the country.

Some focal points encapsulated various critical matters, including police brutality, ensuring police accountability, safeguarding voting rights, reforming the criminal justice system and dismantling racism, bias, and discrimination.

These are areas that notably impact Black individuals to a significant degree, but their recent decision to endorse this Republican Governor seems to contradict principles that they upheld three years ago.

In Florida, Governor DeSantis signed bills, and his administration enacted laws that have been in the media for ultimately endorsing racism, bias and bigotry — all three have been at the forefront of his campaign.

Earlier this year, the Florida Governor was under heavy criticism for banning African American studies in the state's schools just ahead of Black History Month.

The move sparked outrage among educators and civil rights groups, who argue that the ban is a blatant attempt to erase the contributions and experiences of African Americans from the state's history curriculum.

The decision to prohibit teaching African American studies in Florida schools has been widely condemned as discriminatory and a clear violation of the rights of students to a comprehensive education.

The decision that Governor DeSantis made to prohibit the teaching of Advancement Placement (AP) for African American Studies in all schools in the state of Florida has been met with widespread criticism.

Many see the ban as part of a broader pattern of attacks on critical race theory and efforts to whitewash American history.

Governor DeSantis' administration rejected the proposal for a new African American Studies course by writing a letter to the College Board, and the news was not taken lightly on social media.

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