The NAACP is advising against traveling to Florida, citing Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “aggressive attempts to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity and inclusion programs” in the state’s schools. The organization released its advisory in a press release on Saturday.
“Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals,” the NAACP said. “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.”
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“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,” NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson added. “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.”
Back in January, DeSantis’ administration blocked an Advanced Placement course in African American Studies from Florida high schools. They argued that the content offered was “inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value.” Last year, he also implemented a “Stop WOKE Act,” which restricts the discussion of race and gender in classrooms. DeSantis will likely be running against former President Donald Trump during the Republican Primary for the 2024 Presidental Election. However, DeSantis has yet to comment on the NAACP’s new advisory.
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