Isn’t it Ironic? Chairman of the NAACP Issues a Travel Advisory Declaring Florida Unsafe for Black People But Lives in Tampa, FL
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Leon Russell, the chairman of the NAACP board of directors and a black man, has lived in Florida for nearly 50 years yet the organization has issued a travel advisory for the state.
The NAACP claims that it was necessary to issue this advisory because of the state’s “aggressive attempts to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools.”
The advisory officially states:
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.
The Left started their political hits on Gov. DeSantis and the state of Florida by calling a parental rights in education bill the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Now they want people to believe that Florida is a hostile, racist state.
The travel advisory seems to stem from the governor’s rejection of an African-American Studies AP course.
The course allegedly violated state law and was deemed to be historically inaccurate. The course included topics like reparations, intersectionality, and Black Lives Matter.
In an opinion piece for Newsweek, Charles Love says the problem is not Gov. DeSantis, it’s the “politicking posers like the NAACP.”
What DeSantis’s Stop Woke Act actually demands is balance in how teachers instruct our kids on American history. And when DeSantis banned a pilot African American Studies course, it was on those grounds: His administration took issue with the unique bias the course had, objecting to the wholly negative, 1619-Project style “reimagining” of American history that is often taken in the course.
This is where the NAACP’s black activism loses its way. Most blacks, including those who agree with the NAACP on its support of black history, don’t buy into the intersectional view of the black struggle that ties our own challenges with those of other minorities.
Overall, when it comes to black Americans, we just do not have the same support for LGBTQ issues, illegal immigration, or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that other Leftists—including the NAACP—seem to think we ought to. We’ve got enough of our own battles to fight. But the Left always wants to use us to fight its battles for political gain.
The NAACP is playing politics with struggling businesses and the future of black students. Supporting these kinds of gestures takes away from an important focus on real struggles that plague the nation.
Love said that everyone realizes that these are just antics and that the travel advisory means nothing.
He also asks why anyone would consider penalizing the whole state over one high school AP course. He said the “punishment does not fit the crime.”
The co-host of the “Cut the Bull” podcast also reminded readers that Florida teachers are free to teach black history as a part of American history and that state law mandates teaching about slavery and Jim Crow-era discrimination.
Florida Republican Party Chairman Christian Ziegler offered to help Russell move out of Florida following the travel advisory announcement.
“True leadership is being willing to do what you ask others to do… time to step up and MOVE,” Ziegler tweeted. “If you think our state is so bad, the @FloridaGOP will help with moving costs.”