NAACPTRAVEL ADVISORY FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA
Under its current Governor, the State of Florida has engaged in an all-out attack on Black Americans, accurate Black history, voting rights, members of the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, women's reproductive rights ,and free speech, while simultaneously embracing a culture of fear, bullying, and intimidation by public officials.In his effort to rewrite American history to exclude the voices, contributions of African-Americans and the challenges they overcame despite the systemic racism that African-Americans have faced since first arriving in this country, Governor DeSantis has signed various controversial anti-civil rights measures into law; including the Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act Florida HB1,Stop Wrongs against Our Kids and Employees Act("Stop W.O.K.E. Act") Florida HB 7, Constitutional Carry Act Florida House HB 543, Florida Senate Bill 266, and Florida Senate Bill 7066.
Under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, the State of Florida has criminalized protests, restricted the ability of educators to teach African-American history, and engaged in a blatant war against diversity and inclusion. On a seeming quest to silence African-American voices, the Governor and the State of Florida have shown that African-Americans are not welcome in the State of Florida.Due to this sustained, blatant, relentless and systemic attack on democracy and civil rights, the NAACP hereby issues a travel advisory to African-Americans, and other people of color regarding the hostility towards African-Americans in Florida.
Please be advised that 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 minorities.
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It is advisory is accurate in what it states. Be aware of the state of Florida and the climate of hate it has fostered. Hate against African-Americans, against Jews, against Gays and Lesbians, against Transgendered, against education, against diversity, against equality, against women's rights, and more.
As a result we are seeing anti-semitic signs and projections in cities across the state. We are seeing traffic control signs being reprogrammed with "KILL ALL GAYS". We are seeing women needlessly suffering because they can't get needed medical care. We are seeing parental rights stripped away because the State knows best.
The NAACP is being generous with their advisory.